Sierra National Forest / California Department of Forestry
December 28, 1933: "A federal fire lookout station is to be placed at Camp Clan on the top of Black Mountain here. A road will be built to the site. The first load of grade stakes for the road are on the ground. The survey is being started across the Black Mountain Sanctuary." (The Fresno Bee The Republican)
May 13, 1935: "Three new fire lookout stations, completed by the Civilian Conservation Corps last summer, will go in use this season. These are at Black Mountain, south of Auberry, where both state and forest services will watch for fires in their respective areas." (The Fresno Bee The Republican)
November 27, 1952: "Deputy State Forester C. E. Metcalf took a long look at a form sent here from Sacramento for his signature, and then decided to send it back without signing it. He said he thought things were getting out of hand when the division wanted to enter into a contract with the federal government to 'maintain a forest fire' at Black Mountain in the Sierra National Forest. Metcalf blamed a typographical error for the oddity, explaining the state is going to operate a lookout at the Black Mountain and that somebody just dropped the word 'lookout' from the form." (The Fresno Bee The Republican)
19??: A two story prefabricated cab, observation room over the living quarters was erected on 20-foot steel tower.