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Preserving the Legacy: Restoring Historic Buildings in Montana’s Clearwater Crossing

Program Number: 21160RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/8/2013 - 9/14/2013; 9/7/2014 - 9/13/2014;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Missoula, Montana
Price starting at: $799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Service Learning Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Help preserve historic buildings located at Clearwater Crossing, 55 miles from Missoula, Montana. The Bunkhouse and Tool Shed were originally part of the nearby Quartz Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. The CCC was a Depression-era program putting young men to work on many camps located within National Forests. The CCC helped build trails, telephone lines and roads and completed a variety of other projects. After the CCC program ended, these two buildings were moved to Clearwater Crossing to provide facilities for crews working in the Great Burn Proposed Wilderness.




Highlights

• Serve at historic Clearwater Crossing by aiding in property-restoration projects like replacing siding on the bunkhouse and tool shed and reroofing the log-built tack shop.
• Meet members of the Ninemile Ranger District staff who demonstrate how they pack all tools and items necessary for fighting fire in the back country for several days or weeks.
• Erected in a program that put Depression-era men to work, today these structures are used by U.S. Forest Service workers. Your service at once preserves America’s history and helps conserve its natural resources.



Activity Particulars

Working on two buildings in forested area on uneven terrain. Manual labor including replacing siding on two historic buildings and replacing wood shingles on Tool Shed; elevation 3,487 feet.



Coordinated by University of Montana Western.




Missoula

Home to the University of Montana, this college town is surrounded by beautiful Rocky Mountain wilderness in close proximity to the region’s national parks, historic sites and abundant wildlife, including an amazing number of bird species.



Accommodations
Two-bedroom cabins with a king bed in each room and a queen sofa sleeper in the living room. Each two-bedroom unit has a modern bathroom with a tub and hot shower.
Meals and Lodgings
   The Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn
  Missoula, MT 6 nights
 The Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Just three miles from downtown, one can easily great restaurants and unique shops while staying at the Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn. There are many charming free time attractions nearby. These attractions include: Missoula Smokejumpers Visitor's Center, Carousel-Dragon Hollow Park, Larchmont Golf Course and Montana Snow Bowl Ski Area. Montana Rock Creek, Glacier National Park and Garnet Ghost Town are also can't miss vacation options before or after the program. The stunning scenery of the mountains or Missoula Valley surround the hotel. The hotel's complementary full breakfast includes pancakes, coffee, scrambled eggs, potatoes and more and offers a great start to the day.
  Contact info: 5280 Grant Creek Road
Missoula, MT 59808 USA
phone: 406-543-0700
web: bestwesternmontana.com/hotels/best-western-plus-grant-creek-inn
  Room amenities: Cable or satellite television, flat screen TV's; In-room movies, Lodgenet Pay Per View; Coffee/tea maker; Hairdryer; Iron, ironing board; High-speed Internet access, wireless; Wake-up calls; Voice mail; Microwave; Refrigerator; Adjoining rooms available
  Facility amenities: Coffee Available In Lobby; Entirely Smoke-Free Property; Free Airport Transportation; In-Room Accessibility; Pet Friendly Environment; RV & Truck Parking; Steam Room & Sauna Accessibility Equipment For The Deaf; Hot Complimentary Breakfast; Free On Site Parking Handicapped Parking; Indoor Swimming Pool; Wheelchair Accessible; Free Wireless High-Speed Internet Access; Health & Fitness Center; Laundry Facilities; Spa Tub
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: varies Seasonal rates call (406) 543-0700 for information.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: varies Seasonal rates call (406) 543-0700 for information.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4-5 pm check in and registration You will be staying at The Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Independent departures after breakfast You will be staying at The Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Missoula, MT
  Nearest city or town:  Helena, MT
  Nearest highway: Interstate 90
  Nearest airport:  Missoula, MT
  From End of Program
  Location: Missoula, MT
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Missoula

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
BEST WESTERN PLUS Grant Creek Inn
phone: 406-543-0700

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary shuttle for hotel guests
Prices are subject to change.

   

Call Grant Creek Inn from the Airport for shuttle

 

Missoula

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
BEST WESTERN PLUS Grant Creek Inn
phone: 406-543-0700

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary shuttle for hotel guests
Prices are subject to change.

   

Call hotel desk 15 minutes before departure for shuttle to Airport.

 
Driving Directions
  Bozeman, Montana Take I-90 W toward Butte and through to Missoula. Take the US-93 S/Reserve St exit, EXIT 101, toward Hamilton. Turn right onto Grant Creek Rd To Best Western PLUS Grant Creek Inn.
  Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Take I-90 E toward Kellogg/Missoula (Crossing into Montana). When arriving in Missoula, Take the Reserve St exit, EXIT 101, toward I-90-BL/Hamilton/US-93 S. Turn left onto I-90-BL/US-93/N Reserve St/Grant Creek Rd. Continue to follow Grant Creek Rd. Best Western PLUS Grant Creek Inn to 5280 GRANT CREEK RD on the right.
  Helena, Montana Take I-90 W to Missoula and then take the US-93 S/Reserve St exit, EXIT 101, toward Hamilton. Turn right onto Grant Creek Rd to the Best Western PLUS Grant Creek Inn.
  Idaho Falls, Idaho Take I-15 N toward Roberts/Butte (Crossing into Montana). Merge onto I-90 W via EXIT 121 on the left toward Missoula. Take the US-93 S/Reserve St exit, EXIT 101, toward Hamilton. Turn right onto Grant Creek Rd To Best Western PLUS Grant Creek Inn.
Elevation Note: Ninemile Ranger Station sits at 3500 feet and Missoula, MT sits at 3205 feet in elevation

Equipment Requirements: Equipment will be supplied. Bring work clothes, gloves, safety glasses; comfortable, sturdy work/walking shoes or boots; water bottle (at high altitudes you are more susceptible to dehydration and altitude sickness. Carrying a water bottle with you and drinking plenty of water is of utmost importance to avoid these unpleasant and sometimes dangerous problems.) Bring your own tool belt with your favorite tools if you wish.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in, welcome dinner, orientation and introductions. Ranger Station staff briefs the group on the work project goals and the historic work site.
(Sunday, September 8)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in between 4 and 5 PM in the Ponderosa Room at the Grant Creek Inn.
 Dinner: Catered dinner in the Ponderosa Room at the hotel.
 Evening: Orientation and introductions followed by preview of work project goals and an overview of the Ninemile Ranger Station. The historic Ninemile Ranger Station offers a front row seat to view the workings of a back woods ranger station. The Ninemile Remount Depot, currently the Ninemile Ranger Station, was established in 1930 as a working Forest Service ranch, stock breeding program and training center for packers. Ninemile packers and livestock were an integral part of early firefighting efforts providing pack support to fire crews in remote areas.
   
Accommodations: The Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Ranger Station project orientation, walk through and safety meeting. Work projects begin. Ninemile Remount Depot history tour and packing demonstration.
(Monday, September 9)
   
 Breakfast: Deluxe complimentary breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Travel 25 miles from lodgings to the Ninemile Ranger Station. The morning will begin with a project orientation and safety meeting. A brief history of Ninemile as they walk through and describe the projects lead by ranger station staff. The Ninemile Ranger Station is district headquarters and continues to be a working ranch as well as home to the Northern Region Pack Train and the Ninemile Wildlands Training Center. The training center focuses on teaching traditional skills and historic preservation to agency personnel and the public. The historic facilities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and are known for their Cape Cod style of architecture. The Ninemile Remount Depot, currently the Ninemile Ranger Station, was established in 1930 as a working Forest Service ranch, stock breeding program and training center for packers. The group will divide into work projects and work will begin. Work projects will include various painting/staining projects; rebuilding fence around the ranger station that has rotted; and rebuilding the stock loading ramp, which is part of the historic stock facility at Ninemile and continues to be used by Forest Service districts bringing horses and mules in stock trucks to winter at Ninemile.
 Lunch: Sack lunches on site.
 Afternoon: Work projects continue through mid afternoon. Discover the significance of the Ninemile Remount Depot on a guided history tour and a packing demonstration. See first hand how the ranger station has long provided experienced packers and their animals for fighting fires and for back country work projects. Located on the Ninemile Ranger District compound, this historic site is educational, nostalgic and a visual delight, with its Cape Code architecture, beautiful pasture and mountain landscapes.
 Dinner: Dutch oven dinner at work site.
 Evening: Back to lodgings for free evening.
   
Accommodations: The Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Work projects continue. Afternoon presentation on fire ecology from Ninemile Ranger Station forest ranger and fire prevention tech.
(Tuesday, September 10)
   
 Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Travel to work site, daily briefing and continued project work.
 Lunch: Dutch oven lunch at work site.
 Afternoon: Work projects continue. Break early for afternoon presentation from OVH Ranger and Fire Prevention Tech. Discover the processes that link the natural incidence of fire in an ecosystem and the ecological effects of this fire. Ranger will discuss the role of fire prevention and fire as a natural and necessary contributor to habitat vitality and renewal. Consider the stewardship mission of Wildland Fire Operations and the vital role that WFO plays in overall successful ecosystem management. Travel back to lodgings.
 Dinner: Shuttle to local restaurant
 Evening: Free evening
   
Accommodations: The Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Work projects continue; visit the Elk Country Visitor Center.
(Wednesday, September 11)
   
 Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Travel to work site, daily briefing and continued project work.
 Lunch: Dutch oven lunch at work site.
 Afternoon: Work projects continue. Break mid-afternoon and travel back to Missoula for an excursion to the Elk Country Visitor Center and discover more about elk, elk country, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its role in conserving wildlife habitat and upholding North America's hunting heritage. Founded in 1984, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has protected and enhanced 5 million acres of habitat across the US and Canada.
 Dinner: Shuttle to dinner at local restaurant.
 Evening: Free evening
   
Accommodations: The Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning work projects continue. Expert Dutch oven cook demonstrats this outdoor cooking style and guides group in preparation of evening meal.
(Thursday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Travel to work site, daily briefing and continued project work.
 Lunch: Sack lunches at work site
 Lunch: Enjoy a Dutch Oven Cooking demonstration and lesson by local cook and specialist in this unique style of cooking. Participants will take a new path of discovery as they learn the art of Dutch Oven Cooking and help prepare their evening meal. All will enjoy the amazing aromas, great fellowship, and the breathtaking landscape as dinner simmers in the cast iron kettles.
 Dinner: Dutch oven dinner on site
 Evening: Travel back to lodgings and enjoy some free time.
   
Accommodations: The Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Final work day as projects are wrapped up.
(Friday, September 13)
   
 Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Travel to work site, daily briefing and continued project work.
 Lunch: Sack lunches at work site.
 Afternoon: Wrap up work projects
 Dinner: Catered dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Closing presentation by Ninemile Ranger Station staff and board of directors.
   
Accommodations: The Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Independent departures
(Saturday, September 14)
   
 Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Complimentary airport shuttle
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Missoula, MT Fort Missoula
The Historical Museum of Fort Missoula was established in 1975 to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Missoula County and western Montana. The Museum is located on 32 acres at the core of historic Fort Missoula (1877-1947) and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. The Museum houses an estimated 22,000 artifacts, including 13 historical structures. Winter Hours (Labor Day-Memorial Day) are 12-5 pm MST. For more information call 406-728-3476. For additional information, visit www.fortmissoulamuseum.org
  Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce
For scheduled events contact the chamber by calling (406) 543-6623 or email for general information at info@missoulachamber.com. For additional information, visit http://www.missoulachamber.com
  Missoula Symphony
Check website or call (406) 721-3194 for schedule. For additional information, visit www.missoulasymphony.org
  Montana Museum of Art & Culture
Located on The University of Montana campus in Missoula, Montana Museum of Art & Culture is one of the state's oldest and most prominent cultural reserves. The museum's Permanent Collection, begun in 1894, includes more than 11,000 original works. MMAC, formerly the Museum of Fine Arts, and formerly administered by the School of Fine Arts, became a state museum in 2001 and is now structured as a unit of the Office of the Provost. Academic year gallery hours are Tues, Wed, Sat: 12 - 3 pm MST; Thurs & Fri: 12 - 6 pm MST. For more information call 406-243-2019. Admission is free-donations welcome. For additional information, visit http://www.umt.edu/montanamuseum/default.aspx
  Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Visitor Center
The Elk Country Visitor Center offers the opportunity to learn more about elk, elk country and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The exhibits include a diorama populated by life-size mounts of elk, bear, antelope and more. A large portion of the center is dedicated to the signs and sounds of elk, from their distinctive bugles to the size and shape of their tracks. The conservation displays cover the relationship between elk and Native people, the fascinating history of the hunter-conservationist movement, and the role the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation plays in that movement today. Founded in 1984, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has protected and enhanced 5 million acres of habitat across the US and Canada. Admission is free. Call 406-523-4545 for more information. For additional information, visit www.elkfoundation.org
  The Carousel for Missoula
Magic is made by volunteers. Missoula cabinet-maker Chuck Kaparich made a promise to the Missoula City Council in 1991, "If you will give it a home, and promise no one will ever take it apart, I will build A Carousel for Missoula." Kaparich, who had spent many childhood hours on the carousel at Columbia Gardens in Butte, Montana, had already carved four carousel ponies and had purchased an antique frame in thousands of pieces. The Council agreed and Kaparich’s dream of A Carousel for Missoula became the dream of a community. A board of directors was formed to facilitate organization and fund raising, Kaparich taught others to carve, mechanics began the process of restoring 16,066 pieces, painters were recruited, and Missoula began working together to create a treasure. The story of the Carousel includes wood and metal, concrete and colored glass, hearts and hands, and countless hours of loving labor. Enjoy the Carousel 11am to 5:30pm MST Sept. through May. Prices are 75˘ for children (<16) and seniors (>55); $2.25 for adults; $1.50 for an adult and child sharing a seat and people with disabilities are always welcome to ride free. For more information call 406.549.8382. By Opening Day, May 27, 1995, over 100,000 hours of volunteer time had gone into the construction of 38 permanent ponies, three replacement ponies, two chariots, 14 gargoyles, gargoyle frames and mirror frames, and the largest band organ in continuous use in the United States, all within a jewel box building. For additional information, visit http://www.carrousel.com/acfm
  The Missoulian
The Missoula newspaper offers a free booklet entitled "Hike, Bike and Run", which includes descriptions and locations of all the trails in the Missoula area. This is a free booklet and can be sent directly to your home. Office hours are 7:30 am to 5:30 pm MST Monday-Friday; Phone: (406) 523-5200; Toll free: 1-800-366-7102 For additional information, visit http://missoulian.com/app/contact/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Splendid Was the Trail


Author: Kenneth D. Swan


Description: History/memoir illustrated by author's photographs document an important era in the history of the West, providing a detailed look at life and work in an isolated, sparsely populated region during the formative years of the US Forest Service. The author's career began with the Northern Region in 1911 when lands were mostly roadless and employees traveled long distances by horseback with a pack string. Lugging a 30-pound camera, he carefully took black-and-white photographs of remote places he visited; needless to say, he was transferred into the Forest Service's Information and Education Branch when it was established in the 1920s. He became an integral part of the development of the Camera Point program where he toured the Northern Region giving lectures, illustrated by his photographs, on forest conservation. These outreach opportunities revealed the unique beauty of remote, wild areas in Montana, Idaho and the Dakotas and captured the face of public lands, revealing its wildness and the value of conservation to the American public. KD Swan retired in 1947; 'his work had become art that transcended the mere recording of a place in time and today, a century later, his photographs still engage and entrance viewers and tell a resounding story about public lands in the west.' His photographs were used not only to illustrate a great variety of Forest Service publications - many of which he also authored - but also appeared in publications including National Geographic, The New York Times and The Christian Science Monitor. A collection of his work is now housed in the National Archive in Washington D.C.



Thirty-two Years in the Mule Business; The USDA/Forest Service Remount Depot and Winter Range


Author: Jane Reed Benson


Description: Out of print; books available for perusal at work site. Historic photographs and text trace history of the horse and mule remount depot which was established by the Forest Service west of Missoula, Montana along Nine Mile Creek in 1930. 'Its history reveals an unlikely combination of fighting forest fires, coping with the Great Depression, buying show horses, designing trucks, building hundreds of miles of fences - and especially packing mules. The Remount Depot proved that a string of nine mules with more than a ton of supplies on their collective backs could form a solid basis for controlling forest fires.'



Packin' in on Mules and Horses


Author: Smoke Elser and Bill Brown


Description: The basics of backcountry packing with a pack string. This comprehensive book provides everything one needs to know about packing - training animals, types of shoes, care of animals, types of pack saddles, packing or loading, knots....The authors' knowledge, experience and personal anecdotes gained over a lifetime experience is priceless. Here's respect for animals and nature and the integrity of the wilderness. You'll learn something while enjoying a good read. The MontanaPBS documentary, "3 Miles An Hour," is about Missoula outfitting legend "Smoke" Elser. 'The documentary reflects Elser's personal philosophy that 3 miles an hour - the speed of a horse - is the best way to see and savor a life well-lived.'



Breaking New Ground


Author: Gifford Pinchot


Description: Autobiography of Gifford Pinchot, founder and first chief of the Forest Service. Here is the courage and vision of a man who, under President Theodore Roosevelt, founded our country's conservation policy - "the greatest good for the greatest number over the longest time" - by wresting the forests from economic special interests to bring them under management for multiple and long-range use. Editors introduce this commemorative edition by tracing the evolution of Pinchot's career in the context of his personal life and the social and environmental issues of his time.



Missoula, The Way It Was: A portrait of an early western town


Author: Lenora Koelbel and Stan Cohen


Description: Exploration of the Missoula area's history begins with Native American inhabitants and covers the Corps of Discovery, fur trappers, traders, the army, timbering, ranching, farming and more. Read about the city's early days and Fort Missoula's colorful history including its use as a post for black American soldiers and an internment camp for both the Italian and Japanese during World War II. The book is illustrated with historic and more recent photographs, supplemented for its re release.



High-mountain Two-manner: A Montana smokejumper recalls hitting the silk and the books in his college years


Author: Frank Fowler


Description: Related through letters written to his mother a half-century ago, blending past and present, the author describes his smokejumping years and the joy of working in the back-country amid the beauty of wild country. With roots in the east, a young man journeys west to attend college in Missoula, Montana and work summers for the Forest Service - three as a smokejumper - when the program was in its adolescence. Straight forward, inspirational and filled with love for the outdoors.



Iron Riders: Story of the 1890's Fort Missoula Buffalo Soldier Bicycle Corps


Author: George N. Sorensen


Description: Informative text, pictures, documents and maps introduce and explain the little known history of a dedicated group of black American soldiers - the Iron Riders Buffalo Soldiers on wheels. Read about their ride to Yellowstone National Park from Fort Missoula, Montana followed by their epic ride to St. Louis, Missouri in 1897. Their leader, Lt. Moss, was attempting to prove to the army that bicycles could be a valuable asset. Discover the American frontier at the turn of the century, black history, military history, bicycle touring and more.



Montana, High Wide and Handsome


Author: Joseph Kinsey Howard


Description: This classic history by one of Montana's most talented, influential and significant authors was first published in 1943. A spirited, appreciative testimony to the great prairie, its indigenous peoples, geography, climate, turf battles, economy and environment, the book became an unquestioned landmark in Montana's literary history and is considered by many to be the most influential and evocative work every published about the state's past. This new edition includes a preface by A. B. Guthrie, Jr. and an introduction by William Kittredge



Glacial Lake Missoula and Its Humongous Floods


Author: David Alt


Description: Discover the earth history of a huge Ice Age lake that was repeatedly created by a dam of glacial ice at the border of Montana and Idaho. Water at the dam was 2000' deep and 900' deep at Missoula, stretching more than a hundred miles up several valleys. The dam washed out resulting in huge floods across Washington and out the Columbia River Gorge to the Pacific. The dam reformed and washed out forty times or more. The author describes these events of ten to fifteen thousand years ago in layman's terms. A geology professor at the University of Montana, he co founded the popular Roadside Geology series.



Montana Pay-Dirt: A Guide to the Mining Camps of the Treasure State


Author: Muriel Sibell Wolle


Description: This history of Montana's most famous mining camps is accurately and thoroughly chronicled via Wolle's extensive archival research, fascinating interviews with old timers and her first-person stories. The sites were researched and visited in the early 1950s and include wonderful narrative of the author's explorations and adventures in the backroads of Montana's mountains. Wolle, a talented artist, illustrated this book with her 'handsome sketches of ghost town streetscapes.' The book endures as a standard history of Montana's mining frontier.



Snowbound


Author: Ladd Hamilton


Description: Three New York gentlemen arrived in Kendrick, Idaho in 1893 for the hunting trip of a lifetime. A veteran guide and a camp cook led them into the wilds of the Bitterroot Mountains. This well-documented account of events recreates the physical demands of a winter pack trip in the wilderness, human frailties and nature's unpredictability. Includes maps, illustrations and photographs.





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