High Desert Ranger Station Weather Station - Bend, OR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
N 43° 57.950 W 121° 20.651
10T E 632830 N 4869410
Quick Description: This former ranger station was relocated from California to Nevada and ultimately to the High Desert Museum in Oregon and fully restored by volunteers and put on display in 2009. Next to the ranger station is a weather station.
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 10/7/2017 3:27:30 PM
Waymark Code: WMWRHT
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
Located near the entrance to the High Desert Museum is a former ranger station that was relocated from Nevada to this site in 2009 and fully restored with authentic furnishings from the early 1940s. Outside next to this ranger station is a weather station comprised of an anemometer for measuring wind and a Stevenson screen which most likely houses a thermometer, a hygrometer for measuring humidity and a barometer for measuring atmospheric pressure. Weather stations like this one are common at ranger stations as well as fire lookout towers. I've come across a few of these in my travels.

The museum website contains a web page devoted to this ranger station and reads:

One of the first things you see when you enter the Museum grounds is a little white building with a green roof. It’s an authentic forest ranger office from the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area, built in 1933.

After 50 years of service it was no longer needed, so the Museum, in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Forest Service Association of Forest Service retirees (known as the Old Smokeys) brought it here and restored it to vintage perfection. Be sure to visit it before leaving the Museum grounds.

The Old Smokeys welcome Museum visitors to the High Desert Ranger Station daily, July 1 through Labor Day. They share how the U.S. Forest Service worked from historic stations such as this one, and how the U.S. Forest Service continues to manage our national forests and natural resources for all Americans. Come in and meet a ranger to discover this fascinating part of the High Desert’s story!

The museum and this ranger station are only accessible during business hours since a gate closes after they close to all traffic just off Hwy 97

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