July 15, 1922: "A glass forest lookout house 14 x 14 feet has just been completed on a thirty-foot tower on Black Fox mountain, twenty miles northeast of McCloud. All material for the house had to be packed up from the foot of the mountains on mules. Some of the timbers were sixteen feet long, requiring some clever work in packing in order to make possible for the animals to carry them." (Santa Cruz Evening News)
July 28. 1922: "False Alarm fire causes man to lose his job. -- The morning of July eight a fire was reported by Blackfox Lookout. The road crew working at Harris Springs was notified by the dispatcher to go to the fire. All were willing to go but Mr. Butler, who refused and said he would roll his blankets and go down the road before he would fight that fire. He also made the remark that they could not can him on account of men being so scarce, and they could,'t arrest him for he was too old to be forced to fight fire. But when Mr. L.D. Overmyer went out to the road camp Monday, July 10, he hauled Butler and his blankets back to McCloud. -- If any man thinks more of comfort than his job let him chose." (California District News Letter)
April 1, 1923: "Black Fox Mountain--Black Fox lookout is eighteen miles from McCloud. All except the last three-mile climb can be made by automobile. This lookout is on a thirty-foot steel tower, which commands the country for many miles in all directions." (San Francisco Chronicle)
June 14, 1925: "Black Fox Lookout is eighteen miles from McCloud. All except the last three mile climb can be made by automobile. This lookout is on a thirty foot steel tower which commands the country for many miles in all directions." (Fresno Bee)
August 11, 1954: "Featured in an Oakland, Calif., newspaper recently was a story about Mrs. Lenore Broze. who served as a national forest fire lookout at Black Fox Lookout Tower on a 6,500-foot peak near Mt. Shasta. Mrs. Broze is a sister of Mrs. Howard, who teaches at Technical High School in Oakland. She serves as lookout in the Shasta National Forest during the summer. The story said that of the 18 lookouts on the Shasta forest 12 are women. Mrs Broze taught school at Miles City before moving to California and has been with the school system there since 1925. This is her ninth season as lookout at Black Fox tower." (Billings Gazette)
2008: The lookout was closed for maintenance, the duties were transferred to the Shasta Bear Lookout.
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - BLACK FOX LOOKOUT
PID - MW0903
COUNTRY - US
USGS QUAD - KINYON (1990)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1920 (EWE) A FOREST SERVICE LOOKOUT POINT 15 MILES NORTHEAST OF MC CLOUD, ON HIGHEST POINT OF BLACK FOX MOUNTAIN. MARKED BY STANDARD STATION DISK IN BEDROCK, NOTE 2.
STATION RECOVERY (1948)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1948 (WRH) THE STATION WAS RECOVERED IN FAIR CONDITION. REFERENCE MARKS AND AN UNDERGROUND STATION MARK WERE ESTABLISHED AS WILL BE NOTED IN THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPHS. A COMPLETE DESCRIPTION FOLLOWS.
THE STATION IS LOCATED ON THE SUMMIT OF BLACK FOX MOUNTAIN, THE SAME PEAK THAT THE BLACK FOX LOOKOUT TOWER IS ON. IT IS ABOUT 14 MILES AIRLINE EAST NORTHEAST OF MC CLOUD, ABOUT 7 MILES AIRLINE NORTH NORTHWEST OF THE BARTLE GUARD STATION.
THE STATION IS A STANDARD STATION DISK THAT IS SET IN A DRILL HOLE IN A BOULDER THAT PROJECTS ABOUT 7 INCHES ABOVE THE GROUND. IT IS 102.2 FEET SOUTHWEST OF THE CENTER OF THE LOOKOUT TOWER, AND ON SLIGHTLY LOWER GROUND THAN THE LOOKOUT TOWER IS ON. THE SURFACE MARK IS STAMPED BLACK FOX 1920 1948.