William Fox


Donna Hartmans



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William Fox discusses the colonial and classical architectural style of the U.S. Forest Service buildings. He describes the architectural style of the Darby Ranger Station and the Plains Ranger Station, the use of logs in the building of ranger stations in Bozeman, Montana, and his personal involvement with the creation and design of the Raven Ranger Station and the Forest Service lookout tower. Fox also discusses opening his own architectural firm after serving in World War Two, and studying at the University of Washington, Seattle, before taking a structural engineering job with the Forest Service in Missoula, Montana.


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Document Type

Oral History


Structural engineering; Clyde P. Fickes; Construction battalion; Missoula, Montana; Seattle, Washington; Great Depression, 1929-1939; Fox, William J., 1908-1996 – Interviews; Architects -- Montana -- Missoula – Interviews; World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans – Interviews; United States. Navy. Seabees – Interviews; United States. Forest Service. Northern Region -- Buildings – History; United States. Forest Service. Northern Region -- Buildings -- Design and construction; United States. Forest Service. Northern Region -- Officials and employees – Interviews; Darby Ranger District (Mont.) -- Buildings – History; Plains Ranger District (Mont.) -- Buildings –History; Architecture -- Montana – History; Fire lookout stations -- West (U.S.) -- Design and construction – History; Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.) -- Buildings – History; Fox, Ballas and Barrow (Missoula, Mont.); Raven Ranger Station (Mont.)

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Forestry, Land Use, and Conservation Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 232-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.): analog + 1 transcript (14 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:52:10 minutes

Local Filename

OH_232_001.mp3; OH_232_001.pdf