Gene Miller Interview, March 4, 2021


A. Eugene Miller


Beth Hodder, Kjell Petersen



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Gene Miller’s third interview follows his many years of fire experiences, from harrowing lightening strikes around and beneath his lookout that sparked fires to winds rocking the lookout, to large hail storms. He watched first from several lookouts during several years with many large fires, including a powerline fire that hit Patty Canyon, and a smokejumper whose joke to a firefighter resulted in an arson fire that burned Hellgate. He also experienced snowstorms and being evacuated from Diablo Lookout with a truck whose battery had died. He begins with stories from his childhood in the Swan Valley and 40 degree below zero weather.


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Document Type

Oral History


Swan Valley, Montana; Priscilla Peak Lookout; Slide Rock Lookout; Mormon Peak Lookout; Blue Mountain Lookout; Mt. Sentinel Lookout; Diablo Lookout; Elk Summit cabin; Northern lights; Comets; Perseids; Space stations; Leif Haugen; Lightening; Large fires; St. Elmo’s Fire; Snowstorms; School teachers

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Northwest Montana Lookout Association Oral History Project, OH 453, 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 453-014

Media Type

Moving Image; Sound; Text

Digital Format

video/mp4; application/pdf; text/plain

Run Time

01:19:37 minutes

Local Filename

OH_453_014.mp3; OH_453_014.pdf;

Gene Miller Interview, March 4, 2021