1915: A tree observation post established 25 feet above the ground. (Report of the Department of Forestry, December 31, 1917)
September 27, 1919: "The first of the steel observation towers authorized by the State Forestry association as a part of the forest fire protection service in Pennsylvania will be erected within eight weeks. One of the first towers will be erected on Big Poe mountain, Coburn township, Centre county." (New Castle Herald)
April 30, 1920: "The telephone line from Ingleby to the new steel fire look-out tower which is being built on Big Poe Mountain is now complete." (Lewisburg Journal)
May 21, 1920: "Forester W.E. Montgomery has almost completed a new steel fire tower on Big Poe Mountain on the Kishacoquillas State Forest. It is located on the highest point of the mountain at an altitude of more than 2,000 feet. When finished, the tower will be sixty feet high. From its platform, a forest fire watchman will be able to detect forest fires on a large area of the State forests in the Seven Mountains district." (Mount Union Times)
June 29, 1921: "The telephone line and forest fire observation tower of the Pennsylvania department of forestry on Big Poe mountain, near Milroy, were struck by lightning and demolished during a severe electrical storm on Sunday. Four telephone poles near the tower were knocked into splinters and the observer's cabin badly wrecked." (Harrisburg Telegraph)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - POE VALLEY LOOKOUT TOWER PID - KW2903 STATE/COUNTY- PA/CENTRE COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - SPRING MILLS (1984)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1958 (WER) THE STATION IS THE TOP CENTER OF THE LOOKOUT TOWER WHICH IS LOCATED 4.0 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SPRING MILLS AND ON THE HIGHEST POINT OF POE MOUNTAIN.
THE TOWER IS A FOUR LEGGED STEEL STRUCTURE WHICH SUPPORTS A METAL CABIN. THE TOWER IS ABOUT 80 FEET HIGH.
NOTE- THIS STATION IS PROBABLY THE SAME AS POE MT. FIRE TOWER, 1935.