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Harmon’s Histories: Sex Peak Lookout a hidden, albeit infamous, gem of NW Montana
Harmon’s Histories: Sex Peak Lookout a hidden, albeit infamous, gem of NW Montana
It was located right in my backyard – where I grew up – yet, I'd neither heard of it nor the story associated with it. Following the devastating forest fires of 1910 (the "Big Burn"), mountaintop lookouts were established as an early warning system. One of them, in the Kootenai National Forest (my backyard, as I grew up in Libby), acquired a rather infamous name in the 1960s: Sex Peak Lookout.
Harmon’s Histories: A tip of the hat to Montana’s volunteer firefighters
Harmon’s Histories: A tip of the hat to Montana’s volunteer firefighters
Montana’s reliance on volunteer firefighters has a fascinating history. In 1878, the Virginia City newspaper, the Madisonian, praised the work of the town’s volunteers: “The fire brigade did heroic work in extinguishing the flames and preventing the spread” of a fire in a wood shed at William Thompson’s place."

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