June 29, 1923: "Jay Taylor and family have moved up to Stein peak Lookout station, where they will spend the summer." (The Idaho Recorder)
July 4, 1923: "Two small fires were located by Jay Taylor, from Stein mountain, over in the Moose creek vicinity." (Salmon Herald)
1924: A Salmon Forest lookout report lists this as a primary lookout point and has a man and wife stationed here.
1925:"You mentioned the name of the man who was on Stein Mountain; I didn't get that." "Uh, Jay Taylor was up there, for, oh, it'd been many years. He was up there until 1925. And that's the first year I was married and I went smoke-chasing that year at the Indianola Ranger Station. Lightning struck Stein Mountain in 1925. I was on the telephone at Indianola when I heard someone shouting my name. It was Jay Taylor at Stein Mountain. He said the lightning had struck Stein Mountain Lookout and his wife was quite badly burned. He asked me to call the Hughes Creek Ranger Station and tell them to send a man with horses as he and his wife were starting down the mountain on foot. Mrs. Taylor was burned on the arms where she had touched the bedstead. She had recovered without any bad effects. The Taylors did not go back to a lookout again." (From an interview with Ralph W. Dean by Thomas G. Alexander, April 5, 1984)
July 13, 1950: "High frequency radio has been installed at Stein." (Recorder Herald)
July 12, 1951: "The Stein Mountain lookout is manned by Mr. and Mrs. Delbert S. Hardy of Wadena, Iowa." (The Recorder-Herald)
August 23, 1951: "Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Hardy, who have been stationed on the Steen Mountain lookout during the summer months, left today for Wadina, Iowa where they will assume teaching dities on August 27. They are looking forward to spending another summer in Idaho." (The Recorder Herald)
September 3, 1953: "Lyman Dye was taken Tuesday to his home at Idaho Falls to recover from a gunshot wound inflicted accidently while shooting crows Monday afternoon at Steen Mountain lookout. Dye has been stationed at the lookout during the current fire season by the forest service. The .22 calibre pistol discharged when Dye inadvertently dropped it while he was about to shoot a crow. The slug entered his right leg just above the knee and lodged in the flesh about eight inches farther up. He was brought to Steele Memorial hospital for emergency treatment and taken to Idaho Falls by his parents." (The Recorder Herald)
August 14, 1955: "The $2,700 allotted for Stein mountain project is a development road and will complete a two-mile stretch from the old ERA road to the lookout on the mountain." (The Post-Register)
August 8, 1957: "Preliminary work began on a new lookout building at Steen Mountain. Although actual construction has not started, the new lookout is expected to be completed by the end of this season. It is near the old station, which will continue in use until the new one is completed and then will be dismantled." (The Recorder Herald)
June 12, 1958: "Ralph Dean returned to Stein mountain lookout Tuesday morning where he is building a carport on the new lookout observatory." (The Recorder Herald)
September 29, 1960: "Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Larson and daughter have left Steen Lookout and will be returning to college in Provo, Utah." (The Recorder Herald)
July 5, 1962: "Mr. and Mrs. George H. Stoddard went to their summer lookout post on Steen mountain Sunday." (The Recorder Herald)
May 30, 1963: "Mr. and Mrs. Verne Blalock and son, George left Sunday for the Steen Mountain lookout, where they will spend the summer months. During the winter they have managed the Neal Apartments, and Mr. Blalock was an instructor in the Salmon High School." (The Recorder Herald)
August 28, 1975: "The Stein Mountain forest lookout some 22 miles north of Salmon spotted a fire near Salmon Tuesday about 4 p.m. and notified the Bureau of Land Management fire desk. The BLM crew found that garbage piles inside the landfill were afire. James Toyabee fire dispatcher, said that almost the entire garbage was burning on the surface. The crew cooled the fire and radioed the city crew which responded. Cause of the blaze was not known." (Recorder Herald)
October 11, 1979: "One of the improvements undertaken the past season by the Forest Service was re-roofing the Stein Mountain lookout northeast of North Fork. Serving as lookout is Elvira Ballard." (Recorder Herald)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - STEIN MTN LOOKOUT CABIN PID - QY0628 STATE/COUNTY- ID/LEMHI COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - NORTH FORK (1966)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1945 (JCT) THE STATION IS THE CENTER OF THE ALIDADE IN THE CENTER OF THE STEIN MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT CABIN, A WOODEN STRUCTURE ABOUT 20 FEET SQUARE.
IT IS LOCATED ABOUT 20 MILES N OF SALMON, ON TOP AND NEAR THE W END OF STEIN MOUNTAIN.