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Brolliar Park Cabin & Mormon Lake Guard Station, AZ

June 16-21  |  June 23-28

Partner: Coconino National Forest
From Iowa to the Arizona Territory, the story of Brolliar and the park named after his humble cabin is iconic of American westward expansion. This project combines Brolliar’s story with that of the development of the Forest Service in the region. See two sides of the same coin – a settler and the government trying to manage the influx of settlers – on this project! We will work first on the Brolliar Park Cabin and later on the Mormon Lake Guard Station. We are very happy to have been invited back to the Coconino National Forest after volunteers’ successful work there in 2018! Tents and RVs/trailers are welcome at our campsite on Mormon Lake. Pay showers available nearby.

Bodie-Benton Railroad Office, CA

June 16-21  |  June 23-28

Partner: Bodie Foundation
A ghost town preserved in a state of “arrested decay” located just outside of Yosemite National Park – how could you say no?  This project offers incredible opportunities for photographers and history buffs alike. The Bodie & Benton Railway, the office of which we will continue to work on, was a three-foot narrow gauge railroad that ran from the Mono Mills to its terminus in Bodie. This is HistoriCorps’ third year working in Bodie State Historic Park! We are very excited to continue doing the work necessary to preserve the Railroad Office and hope you can join the crew. Tents and RVs/trailers welcome at our campsite on the edge of town.

Johnson Stagecoach Stop, CO

June 16-21  |  June 23-28

Project Partner: Bureau of Land Management, Gunnison Field Office
During a boom in western expansion, this site, located between Lake City and Gunnison, CO, offered several services to stagecoach riders and drivers, gold hunters, and others looking for respite in the wilderness. As railroad travel gradually overtook stagecoaches circa 1890, the happening Johnson Stage Stop (which was then owned by the Carr family) reinvented itself as a ranch and homestead – modifying and reusing buildings for new purposes. Several Carr family generations continued to operate the ranch. It was later donated to the BLM. Comfortable campsites provided nearby for tent campers and RVs/trailers on the banks of the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River (no hookups). Scope of work is primarily rebuilding log walls and roofs.

Forest Lodge, WI

June 16-21  |  June 23-28

Project Partner: Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Forest Lodge was built in the early 1900s by the Livingston family of St. Paul, MN as a private getaway. The Adirondack-style camp boasts several buildings, many of which are in need of rehabilitation. Each year for the past six, HistoriCorps volunteers have been invited to be a workforce for saving this place. Their hard work has helped ensure it can continue to serve generations to come. Forest Lodge holds a special place in many HistoriCorps volunteers’ hearts. Register today and discover the magic yourself! Tent camping only. Showers available onsite!

Smuggler’s Notch Fireplaces, VT

June 16-21

Project Partner: Vermont Forests, Parks and Recreation

A famous pass through the Green Mountains, Smuggler’s Notch is lined with thousand-foot cliffs. Smuggler’s Notch is an attractive state park, but its inviting picnic area firepits are in dire need of repair. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built these fireplaces, and with several decades of wear and tear, they are now in need of rehabilitation so they can once again provide the fires necessary for summertime hot dog and s’more roasting competitions. Campsites provided within the park for tents and small RVs/trailers.

Alamosa Guard Station, CO

July 7-12  |  July 14-19  |  July 21-26

Project Partner: Rio Grande National Forest

The Alamosa Guard Station was the USFS District Headquarters from 1908-1948. This building was built in the same year the Rio Grande National Forest was established, and unique in that it was constructed prior to the implementation of standardized USFS building designs. This area of Colorado offers an incredible diversity of environments – from the Great Sand Dunes, to barely-hidden alpine lakes, to peaceful Rocky Mountain forests. We’ll be undertaking a complete rehabilitation of the guard station so it can once again be opened for occupancy! Tent campers and small RVs/trailers are welcome at our onsite campground, but there are no hookups.

Hog Park Guard Station, CO

July 14-19  |  July 21-26  |  July 28 – August 2

August 4-9  |  August 11-16  |  August 18-23

Project Partner: Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest

Mountain lovers rejoice! This riverside building was once home to forest service rangers, but over the years has fallen into disrepair. The Forest Service invited HistoriCorps volunteers to help prepare this guard station for overnight rentals, and we leapt at the chance to work in this gorgeous location on the border of Colorado and Wyoming. The crew will camp onsite and enjoy the Colorado sunshine on the banks of the cool Encampment River. This scope of work runs the gamut, covering the roof, log walls, interior, doors and windows, foundation, and landscaping. Tents and small RVs/trailers welcome.

Riverside Kitchen, KY

July 14-19  |  July 21-26

 

Some think of the Ohio River Valley as being “the first American West.” Join us on the banks of the Ohio to experience the area that built and connected great nations many centuries before European explorers came, and even today serves as a major trade route. The Landing is a bucolic, 300-acre estate that is preserved as a testament to the importance of agriculture along the Ohio River in the development of our country, and the kitchen (our project site) is accompanied by a garden that still produces period-appropriate vegetables and herbs. We’ll be re-roofing the kitchen with wood shingles, and enjoy watching the Ohio roll by while relaxing in the shade when the day is done! Tent and truck camping strongly preferred; there is space for one small RV/trailer per session. 

Pinedale Ranger Station, AZ

July 21-26  |  July 28 – August 2  |  August 4-9

Project Partner: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

“What makes this Forest so special? It’s the water…lots of it…draining the high mountains and forming numerous lakes and streams…a fisherman’s paradise in the arid Southwest.” -Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Designed by USFS architects and then constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934, the Pinedale Ranger Station is notable for its American Craftsman and Bunglaow style architecture. This significant building has earned its place on the National Register of Historic Places. This special, enigmatic region holds incredible history, scenery, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails to enjoy. Join this HistoriCorps project to bring the historic Guard Station back to public service! Tent campers and those with RVs/trailers will have plenty of space at this site, but there are no hookups.

O’Fallon Chimney and Little Park Wellhouse, CO

July 28 – August 2  |  August 4-9

Project Partners: City and County of Denver; Denver Mountain Parks Foundation

Recently the City & County of Denver, in partnership with Denver Mountain Parks Foundation and other organizations like HistoriCorps, decided the incredible historic & cultural resources contained within the Denver Mountain Parks system were places were worth saving – and in summer 2018, HistoriCorps volunteers embarked on the first of many restoration projects here! In 2019, we will expand our preservation work at O’Fallon Park Chimney and Little Park Wellhouse, two popular day use areas in the foothills of the Rockies, during a prime time of year. RVs/trailers and tent campers are welcome at our campsite, although there are no hookups. There are showers.

Jamison Barn, CA

August 11-16  |  August 18-23

Project Partner: California State Parks – Plumas-Eureka State Park
In January 1848, the same year Mexico ceded control of the area to the United States, gold was discovered in California. The story of what comes next is an iconic movement in American history. More than 300,000 people migrated to California, seeking gold. Jamison, the site of our project, started as a sprawling tent city that eventually became a permanent town. The veins of gold and other riches were rich here: the High Sierra’s Plumas-Eureka mine was in operation from the mid-1800s until WWII. It’s estimated the mine’s 65 miles of tunnels produced more than $8 million in gold! Several historic mining structures remain to this day, and attract visitors from far away who come to learn and marvel. Join HistoriCorps to preserve the incredible, at times jaw-dropping history of the Gold Rush in Plumas-Eureka State Park. Did we mention the scenery is jaw-dropping too? Tent camping only; showers available.
 

Lake Sherwood Picnic Shelter, WV

August 11-16  |  August 18-23  |  August 25-30

Project Partner: Monongahela National Forest

The Monongahela National Forest offers scenic expanses, bucolic country roads, excellent streams and rivers, and multiple recreation areas to camp and picnic in. Established in 1920, the legacy of the CCC is strong in this forest – and it remains one of the most ecologically diverse in the country. HistoriCorps has enjoyed working with “the Mon” for years, often engaging members of the forest’s awarded Appalachian Forest Heritage Area (AFHA) AmeriCorps team to save places that matter, for pubic benefit. This summer, we’re inviting volunteers to join the AFHA members to save the Lake Sherwood picnic shelter! Tent camping is complimentary; RV sites may be privately reserved. 

 

Dodge Lodge, CO

August 11-16  |  August 18-23  |  August 25-30

Project Partner: Jeffco Public Schools

The Mt. Evans Outdoor Laboratory School is located at the historic Dodge Ranch, ten miles southwest of Evergreen, Colorado. It has been designated by the National Park Service as a National Education Landmark. The property evolved from a homestead, into an elegant summer home, and later into a tourist-oriented ranch. After its sale in 1961 to the Jefferson County School District, it was converted to an outdoor education facility. Today, the school serves sixth-graders throughout the entire Jefferson County system. Every school in the District sends its sixth-graders for one week during the school year. The students, and their teachers, live on-site for a week, participating in a curriculum of environmental studies, ecology, wildlife, geology, history and astronomy. Indoor lodging provided! Tent campers and RVs/trailers are also welcome. 

 

Miller Ranch Barn, WY

September 8-13  |  September 15-20  |  September 22-27  |  September 29 – October 4

Project Partners: US Fish and Wildlife Service / National Elk Refuge
“Located at the foot of the Gros Ventre Mountains with a commanding view of the Teton Range, the Miller Ranch has been an integral part of the evolving settlement history of the Jackson Hole Valley for over 100 years. The Miller Ranch represents the coming together of settlement, ranching, and conservation in this isolated valley. Today, this valuable link to the past is owned and maintained by the National Elk Refuge.” –US Fish & Wildlife Service. The Miller Ranch Barn is an historically significant structure in the National Elk Refuge just outside of Jackson, WY. Robert Miller, the ranch’s original owner, was a larger-than-life figure whose business sense (though some would call him a thief) led him to be involved in the purchase and sale of much of the land in and around the Tetons; he later donated the ranch land to create the refuge. The refuge boasts one of the largest herd of elk in the the world! Tents & RVs welcome; showers available.

Harkness Peak Fire Lookout, CA

September 15-20  |  September 22-27

Project Partner: Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park is rarity in abundance: active volcanoes, strange and magnificent hydrothermals, and an historic fire lookout still in use today. The park amazes and perplexes visitors with its incredible array of geologic and other and environmental features. The park’s jagged, seemingly unsteady landscape is formed entirely by volcanic eruptions. This project’s made for the adventurous preservationists among us! The Harkness Peak fire lookout is located just inside a designated wilderness. As power tools, and other modern inventions are not permitted within wildernesses, we’ll undertake this scope of work using traditional tools and methods. Volunteers will enjoy a challenging 1.5-mile hike up to the lookout daily, and we’ll camp just outside the wilderness boundary. Tent camping only; showers available.
 

North Bloomfield School, CA 2019

September 15-20  |  September 22-27  |  September 29 – October 4  |  October 6-11

Project Partner: Malakoff-Diggins State Historic Park

Replete with stunning geologic features, the rich mining resources near North Bloomfield gave rise to the world’s largest hydraulic mining operations. Hydraulic mining used water cannons to wash away hillsides to expose the riches hidden within. Once an incredible example of man’s ability to affect the environment, this site is today a State Historic Park that offers clean air and beautiful scenery. North Bloomfield is preserved as a ghost town where interpreters share the story of the mining town’s history with visitors – and even today, visitors can pan for gold! This fall, HistoriCorps volunteers are invited to return to North Bloomfield’s iconic schoolhouse to continue the great preservation work started in 2018. We’ll camp right in the park! Small RVs/trailers and tents welcome.

South Falls Historic District, OR 2019

September 8-13  |  September 15-20  |  September 22-27  |  September 29 – October 4

Project Partner: Silver Falls State Park
 
Volunteers on this project will get to experience and contribute to what’s called the “crown jewel” of Oregon State Parks. According to the State Park website, “Silver Falls State Park is the kind of standout scenic treasure that puts Oregon firmly onto the national—and international—stage. Its beauty, boundless recreational opportunities and historic presence keep it there. Nestled in the foothills of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, less than an hour east of the state capital of Salem, the sprawling 9,200 acre property is the largest state park in Oregon, and one of the most popular. Our project will focus on two buildings in the South Falls Historic District, the Combination Building and the Main Lodge (shown above). Indoor lodging provided!

Soderberg Farm, CO

September 15-20  |  September 22-27  |  September 29 – October 4

Project Partner: Larimer County Natural Resources

Horsetooth Mountain Park is a stupendous and well-loved public resource less than 30 minutes from the college town of Fort Collins, CO. This park was owned by the Soderberg family until its sale to Larimer County in the mid-1980s. The Soderberg homestead, our project site, is in a prominent location near the reservoir. Lucky for us, this project is timed perfectly with the seasonal “turning” of the aspen trees! Larimer County Natural Resources shares, “In the early 1980’s, the Soderbergs tried to sell the ranch to State Parks; however the State declined… To protect the ranch from development, citizens passed an initiative for a 6-month sales tax to purchase a large portion (2,027 acres) of the Soderberg Homestead as a county park… In 1998, Larimer County Parks and Open Lands Department, through the existing Help Preserve Open Spaces Sales Tax, purchased the remaining 101.5-acre portion of the Soderberg Ranch.” We’ll work on multiple log and stone buildings here. RVs/trailers and tent campers welcome at our lakeside campsites; electric hookups provided!

West Shelter, OR

September 15-20  |  September 22-27

Project Partner: Siuslaw National Forest

Perched on a prominence 800 feet above the Pacific Ocean, this shelter’s location will thrill and inspire volunteers. The Siuslaw National Forest writes, “The Cape Perpetua Headland is the highest viewpoint accessible by car on the Oregon Coast. On clear days, views extend 37 miles out to sea, and along 70 miles of coastline. Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, encompassing 2,700 acres of coastal habitat, was set aside for unique ecological characteristics found where the temperate spruce rainforest transitions to the sea. Early explorer Captain James Cook first observed the headland in 1778 and named it after Saint Perpetua. In 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt formed the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Cape Perpetua became a base camp for young men to learn skills. Many of the campgrounds, trails, and plantings you see are the work of the CCC.” Join us to restore the stone West Shelter this September! Campsite best suited for tent campers; email volunteer@historicorps.org with questions about RV/trailer accessibility.

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