Belly River Ranger Station Historic District

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Belly River Ranger Station Historic District
Belly River Ranger Station Barn.jpg
Belly River Ranger Station Historic District is located in Montana
Belly River Ranger Station Historic District
Belly River Ranger Station Historic District is located in the US
Belly River Ranger Station Historic District
Nearest city West Glacier, Montana
Coordinates 48°55′56″N 113°42′40″W / 48.93222°N 113.71111°W / 48.93222; -113.71111Coordinates: 48°55′56″N 113°42′40″W / 48.93222°N 113.71111°W / 48.93222; -113.71111
Built 1925
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Other
MPS Glacier National Park MRA
NRHP Reference # 86000329
Added to NRHP February 14, 1986[1]

The Belly River Ranger Station Historic District in Glacier National Park includes several historic structures, including the original ranger station, now used as a barn.[2] The rustic log structures were built beginning in 1912. Other buildings include a woodshed, built in 1927 to standard National Park Service plans[3] and a cabin used as a fire cache.[4]

The ranger station building is similar to those at Sherburne and Upper Lake McDonald, with the ranger's office and quarters downstairs and space for guests in the loft. The station is one of the oldest locations, established in 1912 and staffed by District Ranger Joe Cosley. It remains the only ranger station in Glacier which cannot be accessed by road. The present barn was the original 1912 ranger station.[5]

The woodshed is a standard National Park Service design, built according to standard drawing G811. Woodsheds were an essential element of early ranger stations, providing shelter from the snow for work and storage. The fire cache, which is ised to house fire-fighting tools, was built in 1928 and used for accommodations for a time, then converted to fire cache use. It is substantially similar to the Kintla Lake fire cache.[5]

There is no utility power at Belly River. Propane is used for heat, cooking and refrigeration.[5]

Belly River Ranger Station woodshed
Belly River Ranger Station fire cache

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Belly River Ranger Station Barn". List of Classified Structures. National Park Service. 2008-11-13. 
  3. ^ "Belly River Ranger Station Woodshed". List of Classified Structures. National Park Service. 2008-11-13. 
  4. ^ "Belly River Ranger Station Fire Cache". List of Classified Structures. National Park Service. 2008-11-13. 
  5. ^ a b c Historical Research Associates (June 1984). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Belly River Ranger Station (pdf). National Park Service.