1924: A tall, enclosed, wood tower was constructed by the Allison Lumber Company. This was the first lookout to be erected in the state of Alabama.
March 19, 1971: "1. The first fire tower - a wooden one was built by Allison Lumber Company in 1922. This Soctum tower has just recently been torn down because it was declared a safety hazard." (The Tuscaloosa News)