Beth Hodder, Kjell Petersen
Gene Miller describes growing up in Montana’s Swan Valley and how that helped him decide to become a U.S. Forest Service lookout. Miller talks about his 38-year tenure as a lookout, including on Priscilla Peak, three lookout towers as a relief staffer, and then 37 years on Blue Mountain. He tells about several fire incidents, including the inside phone melting after a lightning strike and igniting a fire under the lookout. He recalls a diverse range of visitors to the tower including Russian and Chinese delegations, pot smokers, an arsonist who was starting fires along the road, and the Hells Angels.
Subjects: Pricilla Peak Lookout; Blue Mountain Lookout; Lolo National Forest; Fire lookout; Fire fighting, Montana; Wildlife; Lightning strikes; Arsonists; Hells Angels; Foreign delegations Personal Names: Gene Miller Corporate Names: U.S. Forest Service Geographical Names: Montana; Lolo National Forest; Sundance Ridge; Swan Valley Occupations: Fire lookouts; Delegates; Motorcyclists
Northwest Montana Lookout Association Oral History Project, OH 453, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 MP4 file (01:34:12): digital + 1 transcript (24 pp.: 28 cm.)
Miller, Gene, "Gene Miller Interview, February 4, 2021" (2021). Northwest Montana Lookout Association Oral History Project. 12.