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

Program Number: 21160RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/7/2014 - 9/13/2014;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Missoula, Montana
Price starting at: $925.00 - 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
   Hole in the Wall Lodge
  Clear Water Crossing
Alberton, Mt 59820
6 nights
 Hole in the Wall Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: The Hole In The Wall Ranch is one of Montana's most exciting and relaxing get-a-ways in the great Northwest, nestled in the remote picturesque Bitterroot Mountains. These mountains show you the unspoiled outdoors. The Ranch offers opportunities to take guest into the proposed Great Burn Wilderness for a beautiful ride on horseback as well as great fly fishing with Fish Creek running through the Ranch. The ranch offers 2 bedroom cabins with a king bed in each room. The also have 1 bedroom cabins with a king bed. Each unit has a queen sofa sleeper in the living room.
  Contact info: 5255 Lower Fish Creek Rd
Alberton, MT 59820 USA
phone: 406-542-8076
web: http://holeinthewallranch.com
  Room amenities: Each unit has a queen sofa sleeper in the living room and a modern bathroom with a tub and hot shower. Each unit has a refrigerator, coffee maker, SAT TV, DVD. WI-FI in all cabins and conference room and flat Screen TV's in all cabins.
  Facility amenities: Amenities free to guests are a hot tub, horseshoe pits and a basketball court. The ranch also hosts numerous outdoor activities including Island Golf Greens, Rafting, Horseback Riding, Scenic Float Trips, Float Fish Trips, Mountain Bikes, and Wade Fishing.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: call for availabilty and price call for availability and price1-800-683-6500
  Additional nights after: call for availabilty and price call for availability and price1-800-683-6500


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4-5 pm check in and registration You will be staying at Hole in the Wall Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
Independent departures after breakfast You will be staying at Hole in the Wall Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Clear Water Crossing; Alberton, Mt 59820
  Nearest city or town:  Missoula, MT
  Nearest highway: I 90
  Nearest airport:  Missoula International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Clear Water Crossing; Alberton, Mt 59820
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Missoula

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Hole in the Wall Ranch
phone: 406-239-2882
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50 per shuttle (passengers can share expense)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

approximately one hour 

 

Distance:

 

55 miles

 

Missoula

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Hole in the Wall Ranch
phone: 406-239-2882
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50 per shuttle (passengers can share expense)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

approximately one hour 

 

Distance:

 

55 mile

 
Driving Directions
  Bozeman, Montana Take I-90 W toward Butte and through to Missoula. Hole in the Wall Ranch is located 37 miles west of Missoula on Interstate 90. Take the Fish Creek Exit #66. Follow Fish Creek Road #343 south to West Fork Fish Creek Road #7750. Follow Road #7750 to the end. Follow the signs to Hole in the Wall Lodge.
  Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Take I-90 E toward Kellogg/Missoula (Crossing into Montana) to Missoula. Hole in the Wall Ranch is 37 miles west of Missoula on Interstate 90. Take the Fish Creek Exit #66. Follow Fish Creek Road #343 south to West Fork Fish Creek Road #7750. Follow Road #7750 to the end. Follow the signs to Hole in the Wall Lodge.
  Helena, Montana Take I-90 W to Missoula. Hole in the Wall Ranchis 37 miles west of Missoula on Interstate 90. Take the Fish Creek Exit #66. Follow Fish Creek Road #343 south to West Fork Fish Creek Road #7750. Follow Road #7750 to the end. Follow the signs to Hole in the Wall Lodge.
  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. Hole in the Wall Ranch is 37 miles west of Missoula on Interstate 90. Take the Fish Creek Exit #66. Follow Fish Creek Road #343 south to West Fork Fish Creek Road #7750. Follow Road #7750 to the end. Follow the signs to Hole in the Wall Lodge.
Elevation Note: Work site and Lodging sits at 3800 feet 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 buildings on the work site
(Sunday, September 7)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in between 4 and 5 PM at the Hole in the Wall Ranch
 Dinner: Home style dinner in the Hole in the Wall Ranch dining room
 Evening: Orientation and introductions followed by preview of work project goals and an overview of the Clear Water Crossing historic buildings that need repair. The Clearwater Crossing Bunkhouse and Tool Shed are historic buildings that were part of the nearby Quartz Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. The CCC was a Depression era program that put young men to work – many of the camps were located on national Forests. The CCC helped build trails, telephone lines, roads and completed a variety of other projects. After the CCC program ended, the buildings were moved to Clearwater Crossing to provide facilities for crews working in the Great Burn Proposed Wilderness. The buildings are used by the Ninemile trail crew, recreation staff, and for packing classes offered by the Ninemile Wildlands Training Center. The siding on the two buildings is in poor repair and needs to be replaced. The Tack Shed is an historic log building used to store saddles and tack for the strings of the Ninemile Ranger District and Northern Region Pack Train when they are working out of the site. The wood shingle roof on the Tack Shop also needs to be replaced.
   
Accommodations: Hole in the Wall Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Project orientation, walk through and safety meeting. Work projects begin. Ninemile Ranger staff to do packing demonstration.
(Monday, September 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the ranch
 Morning: Travel 1 mile from the ranch to Clear Water Crossing where the historic buildings are located. The morning will begin with a project orientation and safety meeting. The staff will give a brief history of Clear Water Crossing buildings as they walk through and describe the projects. The group will divide into work projects and work will begin. Work projects will include Replace siding on the historic Clearwater Crossing Bunkhouse and Tool Shed and re-roof the log Tack Shop. Clearwater Crossing is a remote administrative site used by Forest Service personnel working in the remote Great Burn Proposed Wilderness. The Crossing is also a hub for recreational activities with a campground, public corrals and a trailhead providing access to the extensive trail system throughout the Great Burn. The Great Burn Proposed Wilderness was named for the 1910 fires that burned through the area.
 Lunch: Sack lunches on site.
 Afternoon: Work projects continue through mid afternoon. Discover the significance of the buildings as the Ninemile Ranger staff give aa packing demonstration. See first hand how the the buildings are used by the Ninemile trail crew, recreation staff, and for packing classes offered by the Ninemile Wildlands Training Center Enjoy the remote and breath taking back drop of the Lolo National Forest as you work throughout the week.
 Dinner: Home style dinner at the ranch.
 Evening: Free evening to enjoy the hiking trails, do some fishing, horseback riding, enjoying the horse shoe pit, golf greens, or just relaxing as you escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at the Hole in the Wall Ranch -- where spectacular alpine vistas, cozy cabins and Western hospitality preside.
   
Accommodations: Hole in the Wall Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Work projects continue. Afternoon presentation on fire ecology from Ninemile Ranger Station staff.
(Tuesday, September 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the ranch
 Morning: Travel to work site, daily briefing and continued project work.
 Lunch: Sack lunches at work site.
 Afternoon: Work projects continue. Break early and travel back to lodgings for afternoon presentation... Discover the processes that link the natural incidence of fire in an ecosystem and the ecological effects of this fire. Ranger station staff 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.
 Dinner: Home style dinner at the ranch
 Evening: Free evening
   
Accommodations: Hole in the Wall Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Work projects continue. Break early to enjoy afternoon free time
(Wednesday, September 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the ranch
 Morning: Travel to work site, daily briefing and continued project work.
 Lunch: Sack lunches on site .
 Afternoon: Work projects continue. Optional break in the mid-afternoon for free time to enjoy a trip to Missoula or out door activities that the ranch sponsors.
 Dinner: Home style dinner at the ranch
 Evening: Evening presentation by Ninemile Ranger staff
   
Accommodations: Hole in the Wall Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Work projects continue.
(Thursday, September 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the ranch.
 Morning: Travel to work site, daily briefing and continued project work.
 Lunch: Sack lunches at the work site.
 Afternoon: Continued project work. Option to break early to enjoy free time activities sponsored by Hole in the Wall Ranch.
 Dinner: Home style dinner at the ranch
 Evening: Free evening
   
Accommodations: Hole in the Wall Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Final work day as projects are wrapped up.
(Friday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the ranch
 Morning: Travel to work site, daily briefing and continued project work.
 Lunch: Sack lunches at work site.
 Afternoon: Wrap up work projects
 Dinner: Celebrate jobs well done with a closing BBQ outside offering a variety of steaks, chicken-a meal to remember!
 Evening: Closing presentation by Ninemile Ranger Station staff and board of directors.
   
Accommodations: Hole in the Wall Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Independent departures
(Saturday, September 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the ranch.
 Morning: Airport shuttle available. Call 406-239-2882 to make reservation.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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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