Thomas Arthur


Thomas Arthur Jones


Beth Hodder



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Thomas “Tom” Jones discusses his experiences as a U.S. Forest Service fire lookout at the Mud Lake Lookout in the Bob Marshall Wilderness area in Montana. He recalls fighting forest fires for two seasons before getting an opportunity to work as a lookout. Jones describes his living quarters, communication equipment, and daily chores, including hauling water in a canvas water bag. He also describes hauling gear in by horseback and hiking into town for supplies. Jones reminisces about some of the interesting fires he saw and how lonely he often got living in the wilderness by himself.


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Document Type

Oral History


Mud Lake Lookout, Montana; Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana; Fire lookouts, Montana; Forest fires, Montana; U.S. Forest Service; Smokejumpers, Montana; Keith Granrud; South Fork Flathead drainage, Montana; Big Prairie Lookout, Montana; Spotted Bear Lookout, Montana; Jumbo Lookout, Montana; Dave Miller; Don Bennett; Condon, Montana; Condon Ranger District; Flathead National Forest, Montana

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 453-005

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (00:48:35 min.): digital, + 1 transcript (14 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:48:35 minutes

Local Filename

OH_453_005.mp3; OH_453_005.pdf

Thomas Arthur