1916: The first tower on this site was a 35-foot pole tower with a log cabin at the base.
June 1925: "Rangers Foote and Vincent constructed during April a 70 foot wooden tower on top of First Thot Mountain which overlooks the town of Orient. This we be the highest tower ever constructed on this Forest and was no easy job. The tower commands a wonderful view of the east portions of the Forest. The man who has been chosen to serve as lookout on this point, Walter Spaid, is accustomed to high climbing." (Six Twenty-Six)
November 1925: "Ranger Foote and Hougland have enclosed the top of the 70 foot tower on First Thought Mountain. A hip roof was put on with and 18-inch deck left open until after the shingling were done. The sheeting and shingling were done from the inside using the open deck on the finish of the shingling and putting on the ridge boards. A water tight lid covers the open deck. This tower now stands 76 feet high, from ground to roof. L.L. Hougland" (Six Twenty-Six)
September 24, 1946: Concrete was poured for the footings of a steel tower with an L-4 cab.
1947: The 40-foot steel tower with an L-4, post 1936 model cabin was completed. The tower was recycled from a parachute training tower at the Farragut recruit base on Lake Pend Orielle in Idaho.
July 17, 1953: "Mrs. Marilyn Buck attended guard school at Republic recently and is now on First Thought lookout tower." (The Statesman Examiner)
1985: In the earlier part of the year the lookout was purchased by the Orient Improvement Clubs with plans to move it to the Orient Community Park for a historical point of interest.
1986: After several dates to airlift the lookout failed the cab was successfully set down by a crane onto a trailer and moved to the park.
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - FIRST THOUGHT LOOKOUT TOWER PID - TP0932 STATE/COUNTY- WA/STEVENS COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - LAURIER (1992)