1961: The Buffalo tower was erected under the State Temporary Employment Program (STEP).
November 1, 1963: "A forest fire spotter was routed from his lookout tower atop Buffalo Mountain in Mingo County Thursday night but he managed to scratch a line around the tower to keep flames away. Observer Emory Hypes, an employe of the State Natural Resources Dept., radioed that a fire was approaching his tower. The lookout post includes several building, including the lofty steel tower. Asst. State Forester Asher Kelly said Hypes broadcast to his superiors that his life was not in danger, but that the buildings were. Kelly said Hypes then climbed down and dug a fire line around the property with a rake. The flames stopped at the line. The tower is located between Williamson and Chattaroy, on the West Virginia - Kentucky border." (Beckley Post-Herald)