Oral history interview with Billy Gean Ellis [sound recording] 2002 Oct. 26.
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Billy Ellis recounts his early days as lookout at the fire lookout station on Devils Head summit in Douglas County Colo. the last manned fire lookout station in Colorado. He describes the lookout tower and facilities and how the summit changed over time since the first tower was built in 1919. He also describes the surrounding area and the trails leading up to the tower and how supplies arrive at the lookout tower and waste is disposed of. He also recalls various memorable events at the station like weddings and lightening strikes at the summit as well as remembering when he and his wife hiked up the trail with snow drifts over their heads. Part of the interview consists of Ellis and Young reviewing many early photographs provided by Ellis of the lookout tower.