- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. (AP) - The national historic district protecting an old smokejumper base in southwestern Oregon has been expanded to include refurbished crew quarters.

The Siskiyou Smokejumper Base operated from 1943 to 1980 in the early days of U.S. Forest Service efforts to control wildfires in remote areas by dropping firefighters by parachute. The original barracks, mess hall and bathhouse were demolished.

The museum and historic district at the Illinois Valley Airport outside Cave Junction originally was made up of an administrative building and parachute loft. Now it includes a barracks, bathhouse and exercise area built in 1954. The barracks was recently re-shingled by former smokejumpers

According to the application to expand the historic district, the base was nicknamed “Gobi” due to the desert-like surroundings. Smokejumpers added a pond, waterwheel, gardens and shade trees.


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