August 21, 1931: "Delivery of a 100-foot steel tower to be erected immediately near Willow Hill along U.S. Road 50 for forest fire observation has been announced by Richard Lieber, director of the Indiana department of conservation. The tower will be for the protection of about 150,000 acres of forest in Martin, Lawrence and Orange counties, Lieber said. Lieber explained that the state provides the tower and an observer and that resident beneficiaries in the community organize, provide tools and agree to join in fire fighting. About half of the state's cost is paid by the federal government. Lieber said another fire tower will be erected soon near Brownstown and that another is provided for the vicinity of Wyandotte cave." (The Indianapolis News)
August 25, 1931: "Richard Lieber, director of the state conservation department, announced today that a 100-foot steel tower for use in fire observation has been delivered at Shoals and will be erected immediately in the vicinity of Willow Hill along U.S. highway 50 to protect forest fires in Martin, Lawrence and Orange counties." (The Logansport Press)
February 20, 1958: "A 100-acre brush fire was spotted Wednesday near the village of Indian Springs at the south edge of the Crane Naval Ammunition depot grounds. Crane workers helped 12 state firefighters in slowing the spread of the fire in rugged hill country. The fire was spotted by Lester Survance from the Willow Valley fire tower in the Martin County State Forest northeast of Shoals." (The Logansport Press)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - WILLOW VALLEY LOOKOUT TOWER PID - JA1916 STATE/COUNTY- IN/MARTIN COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - HURON (1993)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1946 (WJC) THIS STATION IS THE LOOKOUT TOWER IN THE MARTIN COUNTY STATE FOREST, ABOUT 4 MILES NORTHEAST OF SHOALS, AND 0.1 MILE NORTH OF U S HIGHWAY 50. IN THE TRAVERSE CONNECTING THIS STATION TO TRIANGULATION STATION WILLOW, DISTANCE WAS MEASURED TO THE INTERSECTION OF THE LINES JOINING THE CENTERS OF THE BASES OF DIAGONALLY OPPOSITE LEGS, AND DIRECTION WAS MEASURED TO THE APEX OF THE ROOF. OTHER MORE DISTANT DIRECTIONS WERE MEASURED TO THE APEX OF THE ROOF. THE CENTER OF THE BASE AND THE APEX OF THE ROOF ARE APPARENTLY THE SAME GEODETIC POSITION.
TO REACH FROM SHOALS, GO NORTHEAST ON U S HIGHWAY ON U S HIGHWAY 50 FOR 4.3 MILES TO THE ENTRANCE OF MARTIN COUNTY STATE FOREST AND TURN LEFT INTO THE FOREST, THENCE NORTHERLY 0.2 MILE TO THE TOP OF HILL AND THE STATION.