August 29, 1916: "Two of the upper Applegate Bloomer Girls, Fern Phillips and Pearl Watkins, took a hike up to Windy Peak to the lookout station. They went up Monday and back on Tuesday. Mrs. C.W. Culy and family, who have been visiting with Mr. Culy, who is the guard on the lookout, returned with the girls. The girls left the Watkins ranch about 10 a.m. and got to the peak at 2 p.m., a distance of seven miles, three miles of which are 'straight up.' They said that they sure enjoyed the supper cooked on the camp fire." (Medford Mail Tribune)
June 30, 1917: "District Forester George H. Cecil, of Portland, has just placed an order with the Mill-Made Construction company, of Portland, for ready-cut material for three standard lookout house to be erected at the summits of Mt. McLaughlin, Diamond Peak and Rustler Peak, on the Crater national forest, in July. These houses are twelve feet square, with a cupola six feet square. Both cupola and main part of the building have windows running all the way around. The lower part of the house is the lookout man's living quarters, while the cupola contains the Osborne fire finder, maps and other lookout equipment." (Medford Sun)
July 13, 1917: "Forest service is rushing the three fire-lookouts on Windy Peak, Mt McLaughlin and Rustler Butte, so that there is no delay in preparations for fire fighting. The fire-lookout houses, knocked down, have been shipped from Portland. Ten government mules will be needed to transport the houses to the peaks." (Medford Sun)
July 17, 1917: "Dee Wright, forest ranger who has charge of all the forest department pack stock in the Sixth Forestry district, arrived in the city yesterday from Estacada, near Portland, with ten head of pack stock and saddle horses. He will be engaged for some time in assembling and packing the new lookout houses to the various chosen high points in this district. The first lookout house to be assembled and put up is the one for Windy peak. The parts will be arranged by Mr. Wright and hauled by wagons to the Blue Ledge. From there they will be taken to Windy peak on pack horses." (Medford Mail Tribune)
September 5, 1917: "C.M. Allen, telephone engineer for the Forest Service, returned yesterday from the Crater National Forest. Mr. Allen visited Windy Peak, on the California line, where one of three new lookout stations now being erected in the Crater Forest is being completed. The stations are manufactured at Portland lumber mills and the parts are bundled together so they can be transported on pack horses. At Windy Peak the observer, who is stationed in the new cabin, will have to go one mile for his water supply. Other lookout stations in the Crater Forest are being completed on Mount McLoughlin and Rustler Peak." (The Oregonian)
October 2, 1917: "The federal forest service completed Windy Peak lookout station yesterday, the Mt. Pitt station will be completed today and Rustler Peak station will be completed Thursday. This work will increase the already high efficiency of the federal fire fighting service in southern Oregon. All the lumber for the lookout stations was shipped in ready to be put in place and to get to the tops of the lookout stations special trails had to be built and the lumber taken up by pack train." (Medford Mail Tribune)
May 1, 1934: Panorama photos taken by James Rittenhouse.
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - WINDY PEAK LOOKOUT HOUSE PID - MX1131 STATE/COUNTY- CA/SISKIYOU COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - KANGAROO MOUNTAIN (1996)
DESCRIBED BY US FOREST SERVICE 1935 (LAM) THIS INTERSECTION IS THE CENTER OF THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE WOOD LOOKOUT HOUSE ON THE SUMMIT OF WINDY PEAK, ELEVATION 4920 FEET, ABOUT 2 MILES E OF APPLEGATE RIVER AND 2 MILES S OF THE OREGON-CALIFORNIA STATE LINE.
FROM STAR RANGER STATION DRIVE SOUTHWARD 21 MILES ON APPLEGATE RIVER ROAD AND ELLIOTT CREEK ROAD TO BLUE LIEDGE MINE, THENCE CLIMB 2 MILES BY TRAIL TO LOOKOUT.