PROJECT PARTNER: Applegate Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management
SESSION DATES: October 19-24 and October 26-31
Please plan to arrive at our campsite no earlier than 5pm and no later than 7pm on the first day of your session.
LOCATION: We will be camping at a shady, oasis-like campsite on Dry Creek Road, just 15 minutes from the ranch. Our campsite will be accessible to small RVs and tent campers, although there will not be hookups and the ground may not be perfectly level.
ABOUT VOLUNTEERING: HistoriCorps projects are free for volunteers! HistoriCorps will provide all meals, tools, training, and equipment, and a campsite. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to the campsite, sleeping equipment, work clothes and boots, and other personal gear. Most projects have one spot per session for a “Kitchen Helper” in addition to our project work volunteer spots. Scroll down to read more and register!
HistoriCorps does not charge for its volunteering projects. The majority of project costs are covered by our project partners and grants, but as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, HistoriCorps relies on donations to continue engaging volunteers to save significant historical sites across America for generations to come. Your donation of any amount will make an incredible difference! Increase your impact – make a generous gift today.
Lassen County, CA is geologically diverse. When traveling through it, visitors can see everything from the high desert to snowy mountain peaks and green valleys, along with exciting volcanic activity in nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park. Our project at historic Williams Ranch Barn is located near a mountain range above the expansive Madeline Plains.
During the late 1800s, Williams Ranch was wonderfully successful, and operations there earned the nearby town of Madeline the title of “sheep shipping capitol of the world.” The other major industry that gave Madeline this title was the establishment of the Nevada-California-Oregon (NC&O) Railway, which transported livestock from Williams Ranch and other operations to far-away markets.
Today, the only buildings that remain standing are the ranch barn, corral, and loading chute. The barn is eligible for a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. However, the ranch is at risk of being considered a liability due to the structural deterioration of its buildings. HistoriCorps knows that by stabilizing and preserving historic buildings, they turn from liabilities into assets – and often, our work reinvigorates interest in places previously thought to be “lost to time!”
If the building is preserved, it can contribute to far-reaching positive outcomes. One exciting plan outlined in the BLM’s “Recreation Plan” for the Williams Ranch site is to improve environmental education opportunities for area schoolchildren. However, if the ranch buildings are in disrepair, they are less likely to contribute to a safe learning environment.
Our partner, the BLM, expects visitorship in the ranch area to rise, especially from people who enjoy birdwatching, hiking, and off-road exploring.
Help be a part of the future of Lassen County and Williams Ranch – register to save this place today!