Watauga County North Carolina Division of Forest Resources
December 3, 1928: "The Elk Creek Forest Protective association, comprising some 40,000 acres in Watauga, Wilkes and Caldwell counties, will be under protection of the state's forest fire protection system before the spring fire system starts, according to plans now being completed by C. H. Flory, assistant state forester in charge of forest fire prevention. Virtually all of this land is owned by the Elk Creek Lumber company. As a result of a recent inspection trip through the second fire prevention district, a fire lookout tower site was selected on Dugger Mountain, in Watauga county, and a 35 foot steel tower with an inside ladder has been ordered. Due to the fact that Watauga county is not a cooperating county in fire prevention work--that is, that it does not assist the state in this work with any county appropriation--it was not possible to make this a primary lookout station. This lookout tower will be connected by telephone with the small town of Penly, and thence to the town of Darby, where connection will be made with the telephone company's exchange, making it possible to get in touch with the district forest warden's office. This will be the thirteenth lookout tower to be erected in the state in connection with forest fire prevention activities." (High Point Enterprise)
1929: A 35-foot steel tower was erected on Duggar Mountain near Penley. (Department of Conservation and Development - 3rd Biennial Report 1928-30)
1941: A 60-foot tower was erected in a cooperative effort between the Civilian Conservation Corps and the North Carolina Forest Service. (Department of Conservation Development - 9th Biennial Report - 1942)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - DUGGER MTN LOOKOUT TOWER PID - FZ2682 STATE/COUNTY- NC/WATAUGA COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - DEEP GAP (1998)
DESCRIBED BY NORTH CAROLINA GEODETIC SURVEY 1983 (ESL) LOCATED ON DUGGER MOUNTAIN, 3.7 MILES EAST OF AHO AND 3.7 MILES NORTHWEST OF DARBY.
THE STATION IS CENTER OF DUGGER MOUNTAIN N.C. FOREST SERVICE 'LOOKOUT TOWER. TOWER HAS 4 LEGS, IS SILVER IN COLOR AND APPROXIMATELY 75 FEET TALL.