The Wapiti Ranger Station
The Wapiti Ranger Station was the first ranger station built by the United States Forest Service. It is a National Historic Landmark.
The Wapiti Ranger Station many years ago
Backstory and Context
The Wapiti Ranger Station is the first ranger station built at the expense of the federal government. Many consider it to be the precedent of conservation offices, ranger stations, and government-funded forest preservation efforts around the country. Today it is still used as a functional ranger station by summer seasonal employees and pack and saddle stock to store equipment.
Though the ranger station remains in great condition for being so old and for being built of native timber back in the early 1900s, it has shown signs of its age. Recent repairs were required when park employees discovered rotting wood inside the building. Thanks to the diligent and careful work of said employees, repairs were made and the first ever ranger station was back in working condition as it has been for over a hundred years.
"The Wapiti Ranger Station." United States Forest Service. Accessed February 14, 2015. http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/shoshone/learning/history-culture/?cid=STELPRDB5357263.