Our partner shares this history of the site:
“This site is a 1930s Forest Service guard station. The CCC built many such structures as part of a larger effort to provide gainful employment to young men during the Great Depression. Guard stations also provided the Forest Service with outposts from which they could manage forest lands, especially for fighting wildland fires. Now largely obsolete, many of these buildings have been abandoned. The Medford BLM endeavors to preserve Mathews Guard Station as one of the few remaining CCC-era structures on the district.
“The guard station is an approximately 16 x 33′ foot, front-gabled rustic cabin on a 2.5 acre parcel of BLM land adjacent a meadow on Button Creek. It is in Elk Creek Valley, where scattered farms and ranches take advantage of grassy, well-watered meadows along Elk Creek before it empties into the Rogue River. The goal of the project is to replace the leaking roof and assess other immediate repair needs as time and materials allow.”
Especially these days, preserving the history of forest and wildfire management seems a particularly important task. Sign up today to do this necessary work!
Our campsite at the Joseph Stewart Recreation Area will offer
an excellent respite after the days’ work.