April 23, 1945: "A lookout tower is to be erected on Saddle Mountain this year and the road to the station. which was partly completed last fall, will be put in good condition as soon as a bulldozer can be brought on the job. The veteran firefighter, Charles Heppe, will be stationed there again this year." (Spokane Daily Chronicle)
June 1, 1945: "The state department of forestry is erecting a tower on Saddle Mountain where Charles Heppe will be in charge." (Spokane Daily Chronicle)
August 17, 1945: "A new state forestry lookout on Saddle Mountain has been completed with Charles Heppe in charge. The new lookout has one of the widest sweeps of observation of any lookout in the territory. From it can be observed the progress that is being made in reforestation of logged-off and burned areas. The road to the lookout takes off from the Coyote trail at the Krautslager place and the summit is about seven miles from town. The road has steep grades and is for one-way traffic, but the state forestry department plans to widen it this fall after the fire season." (Spokane Daily Chronicle)
1962: A 40-foot timber tower with a DNR cab erected.
1960-62: "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 Saddle Mountain, Pend Oreille County." (3rd Biennial Report Washington Department of Natural Resources)