Brian Miller Interview, July 11, 2022


Brian Miller


Beth Hodder: Kjell Petersen



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In Brian Miller’s second interview, he remembers being five years old with his father, Gene Miller, on Mormon Peak Lookout. He recalls his mother and sister visiting when his mother rushed Gene to the hospital for gall bladder surgery. Brian tells of being on Sliderock Lookout next, which had a microwave repeater nearby, affording the lookout with electricity. Sliderock also had a cabin at the base of the lookout, a small rundown cabin next to the lookout, and the original lookout: a tree with rungs nailed to it. Brian says there was an old ghost town on the way up the road. He recalls his uncle’s car losing the oil pan on the way down, and they had to walk for help. He discussed the 1988 fires; walking from Mexico to Canada in 1993 along the Continental Divide; and exploring and renting these lookouts, some while skiing to them with his wife: West Fork Butte, McGuire, Hornet, Mt. Wam, Webb Mountain, and Stahl Peak. Brian talks about Sliderock Lookout being moved by helicopter to Fort Missoula as a museum piece. Brian says his strongest memories of being a lookout are dramatic weather and the people he has met.


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Document Type

Oral History

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


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Oral History Number

OH 453-023

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Moving Image; Sound; Text

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video/mp4; application/pdf; text/plain

Run Time

32:46 minutes

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OH_453_023.mp4; OH_453_023.pdf;

Brian Miller Interview, July 11, 2022