Wild Plum Guard Station, CA

Wild Plum Guard Station, CA

Two week-long sessions in mid-June.

Volunteer with Historicorps as we return to Wild Plum Guard Station to continue our preservation work! In 2015, volunteers worked on the site’s main cabin, and in 2016, volunteers preserved three outbuildings on the site: a bunkhouse, garage and barn. This year, we will work on the site's blacksmith shop, barn, and garage.

PROJECT PARTNER: Tahoe National Forest

STUDENTS: If you are interested in earning credit or a certificate through the HistoriCorps Institute, learn more and apply through the HistoriCorps Institute’s page.


In 1908, the Tahoe National Forest’s Sierra Ranger District purchased land to build an administrative site.  Already occupied by a residence built in 1907, the Forest Service added a bunkhouse, a barn, and shed to the property.  The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed a garage for the complex during the 1930s.  When the Downieville and Sierra Ranger Districts incorporated each other in 1946, Wild Plum was used as a guard station for fire crews and employee housing until it was abandoned in the early 1980s.

The Wild Plum complex currently suffers from a lack of maintenance and vandalism.

WHO:  All are welcome, no experience needed. Those under age 18 must have a parent or guardian accompany them.

WHAT: Over the course of this project volunteers will work on these structures:

  • Garage
    • Paint the exterior,
    • Repair the sill at the building's base and its siding
    • Repair and, if necessary, replace a door
  • Blacksmith Shop
    • Remove vegetation threatening the structure
    • Repair and strengthen the building's foundationsierra city
    • Repair doors and siding
    • Restore the building's exterior
    • Repair loose roofing
  • Barn
    • Rehabilitate a lookout above the hayloft door

The project site is adjacent to the Wild Plum Campground, two miles east of Sierra City, CA.  GPS coordinates are 39.566285, -120.598954.
Nearest Town: Sierra City, CA. Visit the stunning area surrounding Sierra City in your free time!


  • HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with camping near the project site. First time camping? Visit the National Forest Service's site for tips!
  • 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!
  • Given the rural nature of this site, cell service may not be available. Please check with your carrier to determine if you will have cell service.
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own camping supplies including: tent, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries.
  • The site is RV accessible, however, there are no hookups or dump stations available as we'll be camping right at the historic site.
  • Volunteers are responsible for their transportation to and from the project and campsite.
  • 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.

If you have any further questions, please contact Liz Rice, Volunteer Manager, at lrice@historicorps.org or at 720-287-0100 ext. 231. Thank you for your interest in this project!

  • Session 1
    June 13, 2017 - June 18, 2017
  • Session 2
    June 20, 2017 - June 25, 2017
  • HistoriCorps Institute Student: Session 1
    June 13, 2017 - June 18, 2017
  • HistoriCorps Institute Student: Session 2
    June 20, 2017 - June 25, 2017
Price Qty
Session 1show details + $0.00 (USD)  
Session 2show details + $0.00 (USD)   Sold Out
HistoriCorps Institute Student: Session 1show details + $0.00 (USD)   Sold Out

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