Crimson Mtn fire lookout in the Bob Marshall Wilderness being burned down in 1959

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J Belote on February 14, 2011

Reply to montanaguy's question, "why?" mistakenly deleted: At that time buildings (especially those not being used) and "ruins" were obliterated (with little record) in federal wilderness areas to ensure better wilderness quality. Now some structures may be preserved (great historical value), and those not preserved would at least have photos, plans, maps and historical features recorded. By 1959 only two lookouts on the Big Prairie District were still being used; Crimson was not among them. I was backpacking in the area when the district ranger burned it. I helped him take out the salvage, and got my best seasonal job ever the next summer, on his District (then Big Prairie).

pvaneimeren on September 9, 2015

J Belote, My father in law, Dave Owen is the man in the picture that burned the lookout in 1959. He told me the story of how he hired you the next year at Big Prarie. Do you have an email where he can contact you?
P.S. I hiked to Crimson Peak this summer and there is not much left. just the bed springs!

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