Wapiti Ranger Station

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Wapiti Ranger Station
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Wapiti Ranger Station
LocationU.S. Route 14/16/20, about 30 miles (48 km) west of Cody, Wyoming, United States
Coordinates44°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
Built1903 (1903)
ArchitectW.H. Pierce
NRHP reference No.66000759
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHLMay 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 west of Cody, Wyoming, and has been used continuously since it was built in 1903. 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]

Description and history[edit]

The Wapiti Ranger Station is 30 miles (48 km) west of Cody, Wyoming on the north side of U.S. Route 14/16/20, between Cody and the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park.[4] The original 1903 building now stands amid a cluster of more modern Forest Service buildings, from which it is set off by a rail fence. It is a single-story log structure, with a low-pitch gabled roof. Modern extensions to the rear give the building a U shape, and its interior has been modernized, as it continues to serve an active role in forest management.[5]

Shoshone National Forest was the first national forest to be created in the United States, in 1891. The forest was enlarged over the following decade, to the point where it administratively required division. The Wapiti Ranger Station was built in 1903 by W. H. Pierce, the first administrator of the forest's Shoshone division.[5] 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.

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.

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  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.
  5. ^ a b "NHL nomination for Wapiti Ranger Station". National Park Service. Retrieved December 28, 2019.

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