Craig Boesel Interview, June 6, 1984


Craig Boesel


Kim Maynard



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Craig Boesel discusses his career as a smokejumper, which started in 1966 and lasted until 1980, with two years off in 1975 and 1976 when he worked as the Assistant Fire Manager Officer of the Twisp Ranger District in Washington State. Boesel talks about the early history of the Northern Cascades Smokejumper Base in the late 1930s and early 1940s. He shares stories of getting hung up in trees, working rescue jumps, and enduring difficult packouts. Boesel contrasts being a smokejumper in Washington, where he mostly worked, to his time jumping in eastern states like Tennessee and Kentucky, as well as his two summers in Alaska.


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Document Type

Oral History


Smokejumpers Washington (State) Biography; Smokejumping Washington (State) History; Mount Baker, Washington; Twisp Ranger District; Northern Cascades Smokejumper Base

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, 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 Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use of this item. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 133-004

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (69 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (26 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:33:28 minutes

Local Filename

OH_133_004.mp3; OH_133_004.pdf

Craig Boesel Interview, June 6, 1984
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