Joseph Mussulman Interview, September 9, 2006


Jack Rowan



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Joseph Mussulman discusses moving to Missoula, Montana from Ripon, Wisconsin in 1957 and working for the University of Montana, Missoula in the School of Music. He explains his interest in the Rattlesnake Wilderness, his involvement with the United States Forest Service and Montana Power Company, and the formation of the Friends of the Rattlesnake. Mussulman describes his experiences working as a backcountry guard for the Forest Service during his retirement, and gives a detailed account of particular places in the Rattlesnake wilderness, including Franklin Bridge, Stewart Peak, Grant Peak, East Fork, Gold Creek, and Sheep Mountain Trail. He also discusses his belief that there is a lack of bicycle etiquette among recreationists.


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Document Type

Oral History


University of Montana-Missoula; Educators; Montana; Rattlesnake Wilderness Area; U.S. Forest Service; Trail maintenance; Trail guides; Trail etiquette; Montana Power Company; Friends of the Rattlesnake

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 /

Oral History Number

OH 409-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (60 min. each): analog + 1 transcript (22 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:27:40 minutes

Local Filename

OH_409_001.mp3; OH_409_001.pdf

Joseph Mussulman Interview, September 9, 2006