Carley Cromwell talks about her time as a lookout in Montana for the U.S. Forest Service. Cromwell recalls working as a lookout in 1949 with her husband and one-year-old child. She remembers the types of food that were available to her as well as the time commitment, describing the daily monotony of being on duty continuously with only her husband to relieve her. She reflects the worst fires she experienced and details the processes by which she watched and reported those fires.
Forest fires; U.S. Forest Service; Fire lookouts; Fire season, Montana; Strawberry Lookout; Electrical storms; Montana wilderness; Fire lookouts, Isolation
Women on Lookouts Oral History Project, OH 174, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (14 p.: 28 cm.)
Cromwell, Carley, "Carley Cromwell Interview, May 23, 1983" (1983). Women on Lookouts Oral History Project. 2.