Wapiti Ranger Station

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Wapiti Ranger Station
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Wapiti Ranger Station
Location Wapiti, Wyoming, United States
Coordinates 44°27′52″N 109°36′49″W / 44.46444°N 109.61361°W / 44.46444; -109.61361Coordinates: 44°27′52″N 109°36′49″W / 44.46444°N 109.61361°W / 44.46444; -109.61361
Built 1903
Architect W.H. Pierce
NRHP Reference # 66000759
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL May 23, 1963[2]

Wapiti Ranger Station is the oldest United States Forest Service ranger station in the United States.[3] The station is located in Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming, and has been used continuously since it was built in 1903. The station was the first forest service ranger station built with federal funding. Constructed with native forest timber, the structure is maintained regularly, with some recent improvements – such as replacing some rotting timber – implemented in 2005.

On May 23, 1963, Wapiti Ranger Station was designated as a National Historic Landmark,[2] and placed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.[1]

The station is 30 miles (48 km) west of Cody, Wyoming on U.S. Route 14/16/20, between Cody and the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park.[4]

A location called Wapiti Station is featured in the 2016 game Firewatch, which is set in the Shoshone National Forest. However, its depiction and location within the forest do not resemble Wapiti Ranger Station.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Wapiti Ranger Station". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved March 1, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Wapiti Ranger Station National Historic Landmark". Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office. Archived from the original on September 25, 2006. Retrieved January 12, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Wapiti Ranger Station, USGS Flag Peak (WY) Topo Map" (Map). TopoQuest. Retrieved June 30, 2008. 

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