Greg Morley Interview, August 8, 2019


Greg Morley


Beth Hodder, Ann Fagre



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Greg Morley describes his experiences working at Jumbo Lookout in the Flathead National Forest for a year during the 1960s. He talks about why he chose to become a lookout, then describes where the lookout was located, traveling to it by horseback, and what sorts of commodities it did and did not contain. Morley talks about the thunderstorms that occurred during his time as a lookout and how he was able to explore the area when the days were foggy and still. He discusses how he obtained food and water, what he cooked, where he slept in the lookout, and how he kept the place clean. Morley also recalls his encounters with wildlife including a black bear who visited the lookout when it smelled food and mountain goats who wandered around the porch. He then describes working for the Forest Service in eastern Montana, then as a planner for the Oregon state parks. He talks at length about eventually quitting to build canoes and moving back to Montana. He concludes by telling stories about fishing in Montana and more encounters with wildlife.


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Document Type

Oral History


U.S. Forest Service; Jumbo Lookout; Flathead National Forest; Fire lookout; Fire fighting, Montana; Wildlife; Canoe building; Oregon state parks; State parks; Willamette River Park system; Hill County, Montana; Beaver Creek Park; Bear Paw Mountains

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 453-010

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (01:09:01 min.): digital, + 1 transcript (19pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:09:01 minutes

Local Filename

OH_453_010.mp3; OH_453_010.pdf

Greg Morley Interview, August 8, 2019