George Cameron Interview, September 17, 1997


George Cameron


Judith Pressmar and Sarah Jaffe



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George Cameron describes his childhood, sheepherding, mines and fire lookouts in the Crazy Mountains in Montana. Cameron details his school years, his career with the U.S. Forest Service, and the introduction of the telephone to the area. He explains his relationship with traveling laborers who came to his ranch, especially after World War Two. He discusses the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), particularly the workers’ camps and their work and living routines. Cameron describes some specific ranger stations around Montana, as well as the individuals who manned them. He also mentions Fort Howe.

Document Type

Oral History


Crazy Mountains; Lewis and Clark National Forest; Mining, Montana; Sheepherders, Montana; U.S. Forest Service; World War, 1939-1945; Depression, 1929-1939; Civilian Conservation Corps [CCC]; Ranger stations; Fort Howe

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Lewis and Clark National Forest Passport in Time Interviews, OH 365, 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 365-011

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (24 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:52:32 minutes

Local Filename

OH_365_011.mp3; OH_365_011.pdf

George Cameron Interview, September 17, 1997