Historic Restoration Project at Pinedale

Submitted by George Garnett, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

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Historic Restoration Project at Pinedale

This summer the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests had volunteers from Passport in Time team up with HistoriCorps and the Arizona Conservation Corps to help preserve a few very unique and historic buildings. These buildings were designed by US Forest Service architects and constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935. The Tribal Historic Preservation Office from the Apache Reservation also sent volunteers to help. These historic buildings are part of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests and are located in east-central Arizona in Pinedale.

Pinedale Historic Restoration-Barn

 The efforts of the volunteer group focused on the Pinedale Work Center, which is a compound of buildings that include a Forest Rangers’ house, a barn, an office, a well house, paint house, and masonry blast houses. These structures played a significant role in the management of Forest Service lands, particularly the logging industry at the time.

Pinedale Hist Restoration-Office

The volunteers mitigated the toxic lead based paint from the buildings and made repairs to the siding, windows and trim work of the barn and the Ranger’s Office. They also performed other maintenance-related activities to restore these buildings to their original condition. The hope is to continue forward next year and replace the roofs on the barn and Ranger’s office. 

Historicorp group

No prior experience was required from the volunteers. HistoriCorps provided meals, tools, training, and equipment for the four session project which lasted approximately one week per session. Volunteers camped in tents on site while the preservation and rehabilitation projects were underway. 


Allison Osberg was the Crew Leader for HistoriCorp, and Natalie Henshaw was the Supervisor. Natalie said that the largest customer for HistoriCorp is usually the U.S. Forest Service. The Tribal Historic Preservation Office from the Apache Reservation also sent volunteers like Marty Cosay and others. The project included about 12 volunteers for each week long session. More than 30 volunteers and workers helped throughout the course of this project.


Natalie and Allison explained that after the project is completed, the hope is that these historic buildings will become a museum for the public to enjoy or perhaps recreation rentals which will draw visitors from the Phoenix and Tucson area looking for a cool summer getaway. At more than 6,000 feet elevation, the weather is much cooler in Pinedale than down in the valley where Phoenix and Tucson are located.


This area is also near the prominent Mogollon Rim at 7,600 feet elevation and eight cold water lakes. The Rim extends two hundred miles from Flagstaff into western New Mexico. This region has incredible history, scenery, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails to enjoy.