April 26, 1950: "Owen C. Carter, Wise County forest warden, is a good example of a man being down but not out. Mr. Carter, who is 72, has been directing fire fighting and fire prevention for the past two months flat on his back from a broken leg, sustained while repairing a telephone line to the Buck Knob Lookout Tower. The disabled warden gives instructions and orders to his assistants from his bedside." (Kingsport News - Tennessee)
December 11, 1950: "Wise County Forest Warden Owen C. Carter reports that the Buck Knob tower building was broken into a few nights ago by unknown parties who carried off several cans of carbide and some groceries which had been stored there by the tender. None of the fire-fighting equipment had been molested. This is the second time this tower has been entered. Some months ago it was broken into and practically everything it contained was stolen or destroyed." (Middlesboro Daily News - Kentucky)
The NGS Data Sheet
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1963 (ELH) THE STATION IS LOCATED ABOUT 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF WISE AND 5-1/2 MILES SOUTHWEST OF POUND. TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE POST OFFICE IN WISE, GO NORTHERLY ON U.S. HIGHWAY 23 FOR 1.75 MILES TO A SIDE ROAD LEFT, TURN LEFT ON COUNTY ROAD 625 AND GO 2.4 MILES TO A T-ROAD, TURN RIGHT ON COUNTY ROAD 620 AND GO 2.0 MILES TO A FORK, KEEP RIGHT STAYING ON COUNTY ROAD 620 FOR 2.75 MILES TO A SIDE ROAD RIGHT AT W.N. BROCKS MAIL BOX, JUST AFTER CROSSING A SMALL BRIDGE, TURN RIGHT AND GO 0.4 MILE TO A FORK, KEEP LEFT FORK AND GO 0.55 MILE TO A PIPE GATE, PASS THROUGH AND GO 2.45 MILES TO THE END OF ROAD AND THE STATION ON THE RIGHT ABOUT 100 YARDS UP HILL.
THE POINT OF INTERSECTION WAS THE APEX OF THE ROOF OF THE GLASS ENCLOSED CABIN THAT IS MOUNTED ON FOUR STEEL LEGS. THE OVERALL HEIGHT IS ABOUT 50 FEET.