May 1, 1941: "A new 100-foot observation tower stood guard today over the forests of Shades Mountain and its surrounding territory, scene of devistating forest fires in recent years. Named for George Gordon Crawford, late president of the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company, the tower is the fourth erected in Jefferson County by the State Department of Conservation. Two others are under construction and will be in use by September. Brooks Toler, state forester, presided over dedication ceremonies at the new tower, and approximately 50 per cent of the Jefferson County timber was damaged by forest fires in 1938." (The Anniston Star)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - CRAWFORD LOT PID - DH2485 STATE/COUNTY- AL/JEFFERSON COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - BIRMINGHAM SOUTH (1988)
DESCRIBED BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1971 (JLC) THE BESSENER CRAWFORD LOOKOUT TOWER IS LOCATED ABOUT 9 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF BIRMINGHAM, 8-1/2 MILES NORTH-NORTHWEST OF PELHAM AND 6 MILES EAST OF BESSEMER.
TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE JUNCTION OF U.S. HIGHWAY 31 AND STATE HIGHWAY 150 ABOUT 6-3/4 MILES NORTH OF PELHAM, GO SOUTHWEST AND WEST ON HIGHWAY 150 FOR 3.15 MILES TO THE JEFFERSON MEMORIAL GARDENS CEMETERY ON THE RIGHT. CONTINUE AHEAD ON HIGHWAY 150 FOR 1.95 MILES TO A CROSSROAD, COUNTY ROUTE 2 LEFT AND COUNTY ROUTE 97 RIGHT. TURN RIGHT AND GO NORTH-NORTHEAST ON ROUTE 97 FOR 3.15 MILES TO THE STATION ON THE RIGHT IN THE BLUFF PARK AREA.
THE STATION IS AN ALABAMA STATE FIRE LOOKOUT TOWER. IT IS A FOUR LEGGED STEEL STRUCTURE WITH AN OBSERVATION CABIN ATOP. THE HEIGHT IS APPROXIMATELY 100 FEET AND THE POINT INTERSECTED WAS THE TOP CENTER.