May 25, 1942: "Construction was begun today on a telephone line running up Bloody Dick creek to the Selway lookout mountain by a crew of 12 men, W.B. Willey, forest supervisor, stated. A 30-foot tower with cabin to facilitate better fire detection and reporting will be erected on the Selway mountain. It is planned to have the line and lookout station completed by July 1. The new line will make possible direct communication between the Selway lookout and the Dillon office, Mr. Willey said. In former years a less satisfactory radio hookup has been used in communications in that district." (The Dillon Daily Tribune)
May 27, 1942: "Construction started this week on a telephone line running up Bloody Dick creek to Selway lookout mountain, it was announced by W.B. Willey, local forest supervisor. A crew of 12 men is building the line, which will make possible direct communication brtween the lookout station and the Dillon forestry office. It will replace a radio hookup which has formed the only communication with the station. A 39-foot tower also will be erected on the mountain to facilitate better fire detection and reporting. The line and tower are expected to be completed by July 1." (The Dillon Examiner)
June 29, 1942: "Direct telephone line between Dillon and the Selway lookout station of the Beaverhead forest service has been completed and will provide more satisfactory communication between that point and the Dillon office, W.B. Willey, forest supervisor, announced. The line was constructed by a crew under the supervision of W.A. Eiden, work having begun on June 1. Formerly, the only means of communication with Selway lookout was by means of short wave radio. Work is now progressing on the erection of a lookout tower on Selway mountain which should be completed some time in July." (The Dillon Daily Tribune)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - SELWAY PID - QY0590 STATE/COUNTY- MT/BEAVERHEAD COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - SELWAY MOUNTAIN (1988)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1956 (WFD) THE STATION IS LOCATED ABOUT 40 MILES WEST OF DILLON, MONTANA 25 MILES EAST OF SALMON, IDAHO AND 20 MILES SOUTH OF JACKSON, MONTANA, ON THE HIGHEST POINT OF SELWAY MOUNTAIN.
TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE DIAMOND BAR INN IN JACKSON, MONTANA, GO SOUTH ON A GRAVELED ROAD FOR 0.8 MILE TO A Y-JUNCTION, BEAR RIGHT AND CONTINUE SOUTHERLY FOR 24 MILES TO THE ENTRANCE TO SELWAY LAKE RESERVOIR, TURN LEFT AND GO EAST AND SOUTHEAST FOR 0.2 MILE TO A POLE GATE AND THE END OF TRUCK TRAVEL. PASS THROUGH THE GATE, TURN LEFT AND FOLLOW A WELL DEFINED TRAIL FOR ABOUT 2 HOURS TO THE HIGHEST POINT AND THE STATION.
TO REACH THE AZIMUTH MARK FROM A Y-JUNCTION ABOUT 200 YARDS SOUTH OF THE ENTRANCE MENTIONED ABOVE, GO WEST AND NORTHWEST ON A GRAVELED ROAD FOR 0.45 MILE TO THE AZIMUTH MARK ON THE RIGHT.
THE STATION MARK IS A STANDARD UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY BENCH MARK DISK SET IN A DRILL HOLE IN A BOULDER BENEATH THE SELWAY LOOKOUT TOWER. THE DISK IS NOT STAMPED.