Pole Creek Ranger Station
Smiley Creek, ID - Built in 1909 Pole Creek Ranger Station is the oldest Forest Service constructed building on the Sawtooth National Forest. Ranger William H. (Bill) Horton fenced off a pasture for his horses next to the station. He served from 1908 to 1929 at Pole Creek every summer. His labor converted $308 in materials and supplies into this 1909 cabin. Various duties from housekeeping chores and livestock care, feeding and management also included telephone line development and maintenance for the National Parks infrastructure. Posting and checking boundaries and managing grazing allotments would be considered as resource management today. He was also involved in fire protection, monitoring and firefighting. Of course there were other duties as the scope of the new occupation was always changing.
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