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Lochsa Historical Ranger Station, Lowell

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Lochsa Historical Ranger Station, also known as Lochsa Ranger Station, near Kooskia, Idaho in Idaho County, Idaho, was built during 1927 to 1933. It served as administrative headquarters for the Lochsa Ranger District from 1922 to 1957. It was located within the Selway National Forest which was later merged into the Clearwater National Forest and the Nezperce National Forest. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
It is located on the Lochsa River. It was once isolated, accessible only by trail, but by 1976 the Lewis and Clark Highway (U.S. Highway 12) passed by.
The listing included four contributing buildings:

Combination building (1927-1933), built as four separate buildings later joined together by a common roof

Ranger dwelling (1932)

Alternate ranger dwelling (1931)

Boulder Creek cabinThe station is open as a museum; a self-guided walking tour is available.
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  • You will be provided with so much historical information about the region. Walking around the grounds to the different out buildings is a must do. Everything is so well preserved.  more »
  • I thoroughly enjoy history and this restored ranger station is beautifully historic! The old buildings, information of how life was back around 50 years ago, the scenery, and care taken to keep it an....  more »
  • LHRS is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day annually Sunday to Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM. Volunteer hosts, many forest service retirees, welcome you and you're free to take you time touring the site and assortment of historic buildings. This is a step back in time but there is fresh drinking water and clean running water bathrooms. This is a perfect stop when touring through the area. Depending on the time of year you visit, there are picnic tables, hummingbirds, wild berries, shade or sun, and a wood stove inside should you need.
  • Very well preserved cabins and period furnishings. Great all volunteer staff. Tables for lunch a enough parking for one or two RV`s.

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