July 10, 1937: “Marvin Kelly is now at the new look-out station on Chelan Butte. A cabin is being built and fire equipment installed. The trip up to the look-out is said to be worth any one's time. A road has been made so cars can take the grade readily. When you reach the station, Waterville, Withrow and other Big Bend towns are plainly discernibly, as well as the lake, mountains, and a bird's eye view of Chelan.” (The Wenatchee Daily World)
Activated: March 16, 1942; Deactivated:June 17, 1942. Seattle Filter Center.
October 22, 1963: "The flames, running through clumps of brush and scattered trees, as well as cheat grass, moved over Chelan Butte, seven miles south of Chelan. It burned under a timber fire lookout tower atop the butte, but the Forest Service lookout, Elmer Dorsett, remained at his post." (The Oregon Statesman)
1995: Moved to the Columbia Breaks Fire Interpretive Center.
National Geodetic Survey
DESCRIBED BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1940 (ANS) STATION IS A U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY TRIANGULATION STATION AND IS LOCATED IN CHELAN COUNTY, ON THE HIGHEST PART OF CHELAN BUTTE. IT IS 'IN THE FORKS OF LAKE CHELAN AND THE COLUMBIA RIVER, 3 MILES SW OF THE TOWN OF CHELAN. NO UNDERGROUND MARK WAS SET.
THE STATION IS A BRASS PLUG, SET IN THE TOP OF A BOULDER ABOUT 3 BY 7 FEET IN SIZE, THE TOP OF WHICH PROJECTS ABOUT 1 FOOT. THE STATION IS CENTERED DIRECTLY BENEATH THE CHELAN BUTTE LOOKOUT.