This US Forest Service cabin, barn, and workshop was built in 1933. It served as a Ranger/Guard Station for many years
where it was manned by a Ranger fulltime. The last known year that the station was manned by a seasonal employee was back
in the 1980's. After that, it had been only used to store USFS materials such as pipe, cattle guards, etc. Sadly, this beautiful
little hideaway has been forgotten and neglected in recent years. Given it's rich history and importance, this Guard Station
is eligible to be included on the National Registry of Historic Sites. It is my goal to restore the Station to it's former
glory by beautifying the grounds, educating visitors, and most importantly; getting it the recognition it so deserves!
My volunteer work includes maintenence, re-building fences, planting flowers, painting, fire watch, visitor information services,
and providing emergency assistance to campers, hunters, and hikers. On my off-time, I enjoy riding my own 5 horses, gathering
shed elk horns, fishing, hiking, photography, reading, dutch oven cooking, exploring old homesteads and mine sites, and oh,
yes....my afternoon naps in the hammock. My summers up here give me some much-needed "head medicine" away from the computer,
tv, work, traffic, and the hassles of town life. Rick, Bub, and I enjoy our evenings on the porch watching the incredible
sunsets, elk, and deer; listening to the coyotes yip, and best of all; sharing family time in the best place of all: God's
I am saddened to report that our family no longer has the privilige of staying at the USFS cabin at Berry Creek.
On my birthday, June 10, 2003, the USFS informed us that our volunteer services were no longer needed. According to them,
there were now new plans for the historic cabin and grounds and that our help was not needed. Since that day in 2003, the
cabin has stood empty, alone, and forgotten. The grounds that my family and I worked so hard to restore to it's former beauty
is once again neglected; the grass yellow, flowers dead, trees overgrown, and fences rotting. Vandalism has once again become
a problem, as well. It broke my heart to lose such a pristine, peaceful place to spend time in the summers. My family was
equally saddened, as it was the perfect place to spend quality time together. We drive by often and have yet to see a soul
around...only locked gates and a hauntingly empty cabin; a cabin that was once filled with love and laughter.