Caledonia County Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
1912: "In 1912 Mr. Elmer A. Darling built a camp and the first lookout tower on Burke Mountain. Telephone lines were built on to Burke and Gore Mountains. Nine pulp and lumber companies raised $686.40 to aid in this construction." (History of Forestry in Vermont)
1916: Mr. Burrington, the lookoutman on Burke Mountain cautioned about 400 people in the woods in regard to leaving camp fires burning, etc. (8th Annual Report of the Vermont State Forester)
1932: "The Burke tower, which was built by the late Elmer Darling, collapsed last winter under snow and ice pressure. Mr. L.A. Darling has furnished the material for a new tower which will be built later." (3rd Biennial Report of the Commissioner of Forestry)
July 29, 1935: "The State planning board held a week-end meeting on Burke Mountain, in company with Forestry Commissioner Perry H. Merrill. Publicity Director Harold H. Chadwick and Philip Shutler, executive secretary of the planning board, looking over the developments which have been made in this 1,800 acre State forest and discussing in general the possibilities for further recreational development. A good road has been built to the summit of the mountain, where a new lookout tower has been erected, and there is a convenient tourist camp and picnic spot on the road." (The Burlington Free Press)
1937: The tower destroyed in the "Great Hurricane."
1938: A 54-foot Aermotor tower with 7x7 cab completed.
1940-42: "The light copper roofs furnished for the towers at Ascutney, Burke and Monadnock were so light that they blew off. They were replaced with galvanized iron." (Report, Department of Conservation and Development, term ending June 30, 1942)
1947-48: "Completed lightning protection on camp. Camp floor painted." (Biennial Report of the Vermont Forest Service)
1949-50: "New telephone cable installed at tower. Lightning protection installed on camp." (Biennial Report of the Vermont Forest Service)
1951-52: "Camp painted." (Biennial Report of the Vermont Forest Service)
1953-54: "Tower stairs and landings painted. 8,900 feet of telephone line constructed and converted station to dial system." (Biennial Report of the Vermont Forest Service)
1955-56: "A combined telephone and power line to the top of the mountain was rebuilt with new poles and cross arms for a distance of 6,500 feet." (Biennial Report of the Vermont Forest Service)
1957-58: "This station was converted from a part time to a full time station. A base station radio was installed in the tower with a remote control unit in the cabin. This necessitated various additions and modifications of the current, dispatcher maps and sound proofing tower cab." (Biennial Report of the Vermont Forest Service)
1984: The tower discontinued in the Fall. One of the final two towers in use prior to this time.
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - BURKE MTN LOT PID - PF1019 STATE/COUNTY- VT/CALEDONIA COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - BURKE MOUNTAIN (1988)