May 17, 1912: "Other fire prevention measures for this county will consist of a lookout station with watchman on Stratton mountain." (Vermont Phoenix)
1913: "In the southern part of the State a trail of four or five miles has been completed up Stratton Mountain." (5th Annual Report of the Vermont State Forester)
1913: "A sixty foot steel tower was erected in 1913 on Stratton Mountain from funds raised by private land owners." (History of Forestry in Vermont, 1909-59)
May 22, 1914: "In the Southern part of the State, several of the land owners have cooperated with the State, and a lookout station has been erected on the top of Stratton mountain. A man will be kept on this mountain during the dry periods, and as there is now a telephone line running up to the top of the mountain, the watchman can call for help as soon as a fire is discovered, in any of the surrounding country." (Middlebury Register)
June 20, 1914: "The Stratton Mountain club will hold dedication services at the completion of the observation and fire protection tower on Stratton mountain on the summit of that mountain. Thursday, June 25, 1914, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. The public is invited to be present." (The Bennington Evening Banner)
July 2, 1914: "A lookout tower 65 feet high on the summit of Stratten mountain, one of the highest peaks in southern Vermont, was dedicated under the auspices of the Stratten Mountain club, by which it was erected. The tower is erected near the point where Daniel Webster addressed the large crowd in the campaign of 1849. From the tower can be seen one of the grandest panoramas of New England. About two hundred persons walked the two and three-eights miles through the dense forest from the nearest point that could be reached by teams or automobiles to attend the exercises." (Burlington Weekly Free Press)
1914: "A fund was raised in the fall of 1913 by parties interested in the woodlands of the southern part of the State, for the erection of a lookout station on Stratton Mountain. At the time of writing a sixty foot steel tower is in process of erection, thus making it possible to see over the tops of the surrounding trees." (6th Annual Report of the Vermont State Forester)
c.1924: "New steel towers with stairs and glass enclosures have been constructed or are under construction at the following locations: - - Stratton." (3rd Biennial Report of the Commission of Forestry)
1932: "Repairs have been made to the Stratton tower." (Biennial Report of the Forestry Commissioner, ending 6/30/32)
1936: Members of the 119th Company CCC of Bellows Falls erected a steel forest fire tower on Stratton Mountain. (Report, Department of Conservation and Development, term ending June 30, 1936)
1936-38: "Razed old tower. Improved camp--lined interior. Graded area around tower and camp." (Fire Control Work, During period July 1, 1936, to June 30, 1938, "Report of the Department of Conservation and Development" State of Vermont)
1940-42: "New woodshed constructed" (Report, Department of Conservation and Development, term ending June 30, 1942)
1947-48: "One and one-half miles of pole line relocated to make way for road widening. Tower cab and stairs painted." (Vermont Forest Service Biennial Report)
1949-50: "Tower stair treads and cabin painted. Relocated 1 1/2 miles of telephone line to accommodate road widening." (Biennial Report of the Vermont Forest Service)
1951-52: "New metal eavestroughs and waterbarrel installed. New woodshed built. New toilet built. Tower grounding system installed. Inside of cabin modernized with new sink, additional cupboards and shelves and painted." (Biennial Report of the Vermont Forest Service)
1953-54: "Four miles of telephone line was made unnecessary by the extension of the New England Telephone and Telegraph lines. The poles from this line were salvaged and transferred for use in other districts. The line wire was used to convert the remaining three miles of Forest Service line from one wire to a two wire system. The lookout phones were converted to dial.." (Biennial Report of the Vermont Forest Service)
1955-56: "The cabin was reroofed with aluminum and a hedgehog proof enclosure was built at the foot of the mountain for the lookout's car." (Biennial Report of the Vermont Forest Service)
1957-58: "A rough garage was built at the foot of the mountain to replace the wire hedgehog-proof enclosure previously used for the lookout's car. An addition was made to the cabin for storage space." (Biennial Report of the Vermont Forest Service)
July 14, 1969: "The Stratton fire tower is practically never bothered by vandals during the hiking season, but every spring, all the windows have to be replaced and the accumulation of beer cans and bottles left by the skiers cleaned out. The ski lift makes it easily accessible to crowds, and hence vulnerable." (Berkshire Eagle - Mass.)
2010: Restoration of the tower included placing a new roof on the cab, new stair treads and landings.
May 20, 2015: The tower and Towerman's cabin on Stratton Mountain were vandalized some time before May 16. The U.S. Forest Service asking for help in it's investigation. Both structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are prominent landmarks along both the Appalachian Trail and Vermont's Long Trail.
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - STRATTON MTN LOOKOUT TOWER PID - OD1317 STATE/COUNTY- VT/WINDHAM COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - STRATTON MTN (1986)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1942 (GWL) THE STATION IS LOCATED ON THE SUMMIT OF STRATTON MOUNTAIN, ABOUT 10 MILES E OF ARLINGTON. IT IS OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE VERMONT STATE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND IS A 4-LEGGED STEEL STRUCTURE WITH A GLASS-ENCLOSED CAGE ON THE TOP. THE OVERALL HEIGHT IS ABOUT 75 FEET.