Three week-long sessions in early to mid May.
Volunteer with HistoriCorps to rehabilitate Palace Station, a rest stop for stagecoaches on an historic highway in northern Arizona this May!
PROJECT PARTNER: Prescott National Forest
Volunteers may sign up for one or more sessions. Please plan to arrive between 5pm and 7pm the on the first day of the session; work will begin on the following morning. We will depart in the afternoon of the last day of the session.
PROJECT SITE DESCRIPTION:
The Senator Highway once served as a primary stagecoach thoroughfare for central Arizona, serving primarily miners and related industries. The Spence family, newly arrived from Missouri in 1875, saw opportunity and constructed the two-story Palace Station in the years following. By 1878 the Station was being advertised as a stagecoach stop. They primarily served meals to travelers and feed and water to horses. Some Friday nights, "fancy ladies" could be seen near the Station to relieve miners of their pay. By the early 1900s, the nearby mines dried up, better roads were being built in the area, and fewer and fewer stagecoaches stopped by Palace Station. In 1910 the business was sold, and in 1963 the U.S. Forest Service acquired it. At more than 140 years of age, the structure is one of the earliest examples of pioneer cabins in the region.
Join HistoriCorps on this unique project to rehabilitate Palace Station's roof, porch, and stairs.
For history aficionados: Read a detailed history of Palace Station here! An excerpt is below:
“Centrally located on the primary road system through the Bradshaw [Mountains], Palace Station was available to the majority of the population involved in the mining boom and no doubt served them in any one of a number of capacities. Palace Station today is quiet and beautiful…Nestled in the heart of the Bradshaws, Palace is surrounded by the vast Prescott National Forest, sheltered from modern man by miles of virtually unpopulated land, a grand buffer of mountains and trees. After braving the tedious backroads leading to Palace, the persistent traveler is treated to a glimpse of a previous area…the imagination unleases [sic] a wave of romanticized thoughts on frontier life.” --History courtesy of Ray Jackson, author of “Spence’s Palace Station: History in the Bradshaw Mountains”
WHO: All are welcome, no experience needed. Those under age 18 must have a parent or guardian accompany them.
CHALLENGE LEVEL: MEDIUM. Volunteers must be able and ready to work on the Station's roof. Also, the project is located at a higher elevation of 6,000 feet. Read about the effects of altitude adjustment on our bodies here.
WHAT: In order to rehabilitate Palace Station, volunteers will:
- Re-roof the structure
- Repair or replace the stovepipe
- Rehabilitate windows and repaint their shutters
- Rehabilitate doors
- Repair severely deteriorated porch decking and siding
- Repair existing stairs and install a new set of stairs
WHERE: Here is a map to Palace Station from Mayer, AZ. We’ll be camping near the project site in Prescott National Forest, AZ (map).
Nearest town: Prescott, AZ, about 1 hour north. Offers all amenities. However, the smaller town of Mayer, AZ, about 1 hour east, is the best starting point to access Palace Station.
- HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with camping near Palace Station. Given the remote nature of this site, there are no showers available on-site.
- Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own camping supplies including: tent, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries.
- First time camping? Visit the National Forest Service's site to learn tips and tricks to make this outdoor experience great! Additionally, you can find specific information about Prescott National Forest's camping opportunities here.
- Field staff will train volunteers in the project work. All tools are provided. Please do not bring your own tools – we don’t want them to get lost!
- Volunteers are responsible for their transportation to and from the project and campsite.
- The work site is not RV accessible, however, those with RVs or a trailer may be able to camp below the site and "commute" up. HistoriCorps is currently working with the project partner to determine the details. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended for this project; if you do not have a high-clearance vehicle yet still want to volunteer on this project, please contact Liz at email@example.com to coordinate a pickup near the project site.
- HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with meals including: breakfast, lunch, dinner, water and snacks.
- The work day will last from 8:00am – 5:00pm with breaks for lunch, snacks and water in between.
- Volunteers must come prepared with proper attire including: sturdy work shoes, long pants and a work shirt.
- When possible, HistoriCorps will inform volunteers about general cell service availability on the site. However, we ask each volunteer to check his/her cell service carrier's coverage map, as coverage varies from carrier to carrier.
If you have any further questions, please contact Liz Rice, Volunteer Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 720-287-0100 ext. 231. Thank you for your interest in this project!
- Session 1
May 2, 2017 - May 7, 2017
- Session 2
May 9, 2017 - May 14, 2017
- Session 3
May 16, 2017 - May 21, 2017
- HistoriCorps Institute Student: Session 3
May 16, 2017 - May 21, 2017