No date USFS, Siskiyou County Museum Collection By permission only
July 2009 Ron Kemnow photo
July 15, 1935: "(Wilder Diary) Hooligan (Dr. Wilbur's packer) moves Percy (Starritt) to the new Shelton Butte Lookout." (Chronological History of the Klamath National Forest, Vol. IV, 1931 - 1940)
1942: The Shelton Butte Lookout Station was used by the Aircraft Warning Service during the winter of 1942-1943.
June 6, 1955: "District Ranger Scollay Parker reports that radio technician Charles Ball of the Six Rivers National forest and Don Marriott, fire crew foreman of Orleans, have installed and checked radio equipment at the Shelton Butte fire lookout in advance of fire season. The lookout covers the area of Bluff creek drainage and along parts of the Klamath river. Many tourists come to the Orleans country to camp and go to the lookout for the fine view which may be had from it." (Humboldt Standard)
August 24, 1962: "C.W. Taggart, a night watchman at the Humboldt Fir mill in Hoopa, died in a 700-foot plunge down the 3,000-foot embankment south of Orleans. His body was thrown out at that point, and the car continued down the chasm. Taggart was traveling to visit his wife Lillian, a fire lookout on Shelton Butte. Highway patrolmen presumed that he was blinded by sunlight and lost control of his passenger vehicle. Officers descended 1,500 feet into the canyon looking for the car but gave up when the terrain became too rough." (Eureka Humboldt Standard)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - SHELTON BUTTE LOOKOUT HOUSE PID - MX1222 STATE/COUNTY- CA/HUMBOLDT COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - WEITCHPEC (1979)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1941 (DHK) STATION IS ON THE E SIDE OF THE KLAMATH RIVER, ABOUT 6 MILES NNE OF WEITCHPEC AND ON THE HIGHEST PART OF SHELTON BUTTE. IT IS ABOUT 1 MILE E OF THE KLAMATH RIVER, IS A COMPARATIVELY LOW, CONE-SHAPED HILL. THE LOOKOUT IS ABOUT 25 FEET HIGH, IS PAINTED WHITE AND HAS A PYRAMIDAL-SHAPED ROOF. THE HIGHEST PART OF THE ROOF WAS INTERSECTED.