When alone on a mountain top and the unexpected happens--a sudden illness or accident--the afflicted person must deal with the situation the best he can, and sometimes wait hours for help to arrive. Then, occasionally, he or she must travel many miles on foot, by horseback, or by stretcher, to get to medical help. This volume contains original accounts of and by the men and women (and sometimes children) who experienced these accidents and illnesses. The historical information in these volumes is the culmination of many years of research of original documents by Ron Kemnow for his website, ronkemnow.weebly.com. Also included are many historical photographs. Some of the older photographs and picture postcards are of poor quality, but were included for their historical value. This book is not in narrative form, but is a collection of official reports, letters, and news articles, presented as they were originally written.
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About the Author
The author grew up on a dairy farm adjacent to the Siuslaw National Forest, where her grandparents and great grandparents had been among the earliest settlers. Family outings often consisted of a drive over narrow dirt Forest Service roads winding through towering fir and spruce forests. The day would often include a primitive picnic, with venison steak threaded onto sharpened willow branches and broiled slowly over the glowing coals of a small cooking fire. Sometimes their travels through the foothills of the Coast Range led them to a fire lookout tower. This interest was expanded in later years when she and her husband began visiting fire lookouts and abandoned lookout sites. The fascination the the history of these sites led to an in-depth study and research of original documents pertaining to the subject, much of which is presented in these volumes.