Activated: August 24, 1942. Seattle Filter Center.
July 21, 1954: "JoAnn Hadaller and Marilee Stepp have taken the lookout at Doty for the summer, they will watch for fires and airplanes." (The Daily Chronicle)
July 30, 1954: "Sheriff's officers received a call Thursday that three men were bothering two women lookout operators at Doty, 10 miles west of Chehalis. The territory around the lookout station was declared closed, and the men warned to stay out of the 'no trespassing' area, the officers said." (The Daily Chronicle)
August 25, 1954: "Mrs. Betty Brannon, Mrs. Donna Morgan and Miss Diane Koslick visited Miss Marilee Stepp and Miss Joan Hadaller at the Doty lookout last week as a surprise going-away gathering for Diane. She is leaving for California September 2. Joan and Marilee were home two days from duty at the lookout because the rain lessened the fire hazard." (The Daily Chronicle)
September 28, 1960: "Lewis county sheriff's officers said Wednesday they are investigating the breakin of the Doty forest lookout sometime early this week. Boards were knocked off of the lookout tower and a radio antenna pole ripped down. All 10 big windows in a bunkhouse were broken. The lookout station is operated during the summer fire season by the Chehalis headquarters of the State Department of Natural Resources." (The Daily Chronicle)
October 12, 1963: "Eager hunters determined on vandalism went all the way to the top of a mountain to the Doty Lookout station to tip over the outhouse and throw it in the brush 15 feet from the open hole. This is senseless destruction. Mutilated signs for the protection of life and property do little good when hunters shoot at them for target practice. Robert Joyce, assistant district administrator, Chehalis, examines (photo) a sign full of holes on the Doty Lookout." (The Daily Chronicle)
June 19, 1964: "The destruction of the Doty Lookout by vandals sometime during the past two months has left the fire lookout tower 'in a mess,' Wayne Johnson, Chehalis district administrator, State Department of Natural Resources, reported Friday. 'We went up this week to ready the post for the summer fire season before a lookout is stationed there and found the shelter in a mess,' Johnson said. The heavy duty cable that is wrapped around the tower to protect the shutters was removed and stolen. Entry to the post was made by forcing the door. Thirty windows in the tower were smashed. Some were shot out and others broken with rocks or poked through with sticks. A grill on a stove was ripped out and stolen. In addition, 80 feet of lightning arrester cable on the tower legs was stolen and 20 feet of copper tubing taken. 'The tower is subject to vandalism every year, but this year was the worst,' Johnson said." (The Daily Chronicle)
National Geodetic Survey
DESCRIBED BY US ENGINEERS 1937 ABOUT 8 MILES NW OF VILLAGE OF DOTY, ON LOGGED OFF RIDGE AND ABOUT 425 FEET N OF LARGE SNAG. STATION IS ON W SLOPE OF RIDGE AND ON TOP OF SMALL KNOB ABOUT 2 FEET ABOVE LEVEL OF SURROUNDING GROUND. A STANDARD C. OF E. TRIANGULATION DISK SET IN 3-INCH CONCRETE-FILLED PIPE AND STAMPED DOTY-1937.
TO REACH FROM CHEHALIS. PROCEED WEST ALONG STATE HIGHWAY 12 FOR 28.6 MILES TO JUNCTION WITH GRAVEL ROAD LEADING TO VILLAGE OF DOTY. FOLLOW GRAVEL ROAD FOR 0.2 MILE TO SCHOOLHOUSE AND TURN SHARP LEFT AND TRAVEL 01.2 MILES TO JUNCTION WITH GRAVEL ROAD TO RIGHT. TAKE ROAD TO RIGHT FOR 01.7 MILES TO INTERSECTION WITH NORTH HIGHLAND TRUCK TRAIL LEADING TO LEFT, FOLLOW THIS ROAD FOR 05.4 MILES, THEN TAKE FOOT PATH TO THE N OVER BARREN HILL, PATH GOES BY LARGE SNAG AND CONTINUES ON TO STATION.
STATION RECOVERY (1953)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1953 THIS STATION WAS DESTROYED WHENEVER THE LOOKOUT TOWER WAS CONSTRUCTED ATOP THE RIDGE.
TWO OF THE REFERENCE MARKS WERE FOUND UNDISTURBED AND A THIRD WAS FOUND LOOSE IN THE GROUND. FROM THESE, USING THE DISTANCE IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE STATION SAT RIGHT AT THE FOOT OF THE LADDER WHICH LEADS UP TO THE TOWER. THE OLD PIPE WITH THE MARK WAS FOUND LYING ALONGSIDE THE CABIN WHICH IS S OF THE TOWER ABOUT 25 FEET.