1929: "In eastern Washington three new lookouts were put into operation, one is Stranger Mountain in Stevens county" (Division of Forestry Annual Report)
August 26, 1949: "The national forestry has had a total of 15 fires in the last week. Fourteen of these were lightning caused, the other was unknown. The control tower on Stranger mountain near Waitt's lake was struck by lightning last week, but no one was hurt." (The Statesman Examiner)
June 6, 1952: "Stranger Mountain lookout west of Valley has recently been manned by Mrs. Wyatt B. Moorhead of Chewelah." (The Statesman Examiner)
July 13, 1953: "Stevens county division of forestry is working in cooperation with the county public utility district is erecting a 2 1/2 mile power line to Stranger mountain lookout station. The lookout is located 22 miles southwest of Chewelah. Preliminary work on the right of way for the power line was started in late June. When completed the line will furnish electricity to operate a power radio and lights at the station. Deer Park Pine Industry, Inc., has a caterpillar working making a road the length of the power line. The right of way will have a 30-foot average." (Portions of this story were lost in the publishing of the story to the web page)
September 5, 1959: "A new 40-foot lookout tower with 14x14-foot living quarters is being constructed on Stranger mountain, west of Waitts lake for use by the department of natural resources, said John Link, field supervisor. The tower will replace one built by civilian conservation corps crews in 1934. Link said the towers will remain manned for a while, depending on weather and with consideration toward the hunting season opening." (The Spokesman-Review)
1958-60: "The lookout construction work is performed by the Department's own carpentry crew. In the past two years, the crew completed nine lookouts at a cost averaging $8,000 apiece, one of which is located at Stranger Mountain, Stevens County." (2nd Biennial Report Washington Department of Natural Resources)
1983: A 42-foot timber tower with a standard DNR cab was built.