ARIZONA—Kaibab National Forest employees, partners and volunteers are being honored by the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office and the Arizona Preservation Foundation for rehabilitation efforts on the historic 1911 Kendrick Mountain Fire Lookout Cabin.
The years-long rehabilitation project is one of the 2019 recipients of the prestigious Governor's Heritage Preservation Honor Awards, which are given annually to recognize excellence in historic and cultural preservation efforts in Arizona. The honor awards are intended to promote public awareness of historic preservation in the state, publicly recognize contributions by organizations and volunteers, and identify heritage projects that demonstrate excellence in design and execution.
"I am absolutely thrilled about this award, which recognizes the remarkable challenges of conducting historic preservation within a high-elevation wilderness area and on a structure that is now 108 years old," said Neil Weintraub, an archaeologist with the Kaibab National Forest. "Our partners and volunteers have worked tirelessly to ensure that Kendrick Mountain Fire Lookout Cabin can be enjoyed by the public for another 100 years."
The cabin, which is located on the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest, was built in 1911 and is one of the oldest structures associated with early Forest Service wildfire detection. Seasonal personnel were housed in the cabin until the 1930s, and in 1988 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, establishing it firmly as a treasured site to be preserved.
Man on ladder working on cabin roof.
David McKee, an American Conservation Corps member, refinishes the roof of historic Kendrick Mountain Fire Lookout Cabin. USDA Forest Service photo.
Today, the cabin serves as a time capsule for the thousands of hikers who make the trek up the mountain annually, providing glimpses into what life would have been like in the early 1900s and offering insight into historic construction techniques and the Forest Service legacy in northern Arizona.
"I first started working on Kendrick cabin more than 33 years ago, so I guess I’m part of history myself now," said Teri Cleeland, former historian on the Kaibab National Forest and the author of the site's Forest Service National Register nomination.
Kaibab National Forest representatives and partners will be presented with the honor award at the Preservation Awards Ceremony during the 17th annual Arizona Historic Preservation Conference on June 13.