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Riggins in Idaho County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Forest Service

A Continuing Presence in the Riggins Area

 

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The Forest Service Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 4, 2018
1. The Forest Service Marker
Inscription.  In 1897, the area surrounding Riggins was designated part of the Bitterroot National Forest Reserve. The Riggins area was included in the Weiser Reserve in 1906, then added to the Nez Perce National Forest in 1908.

First Forest Service Ranger Station
About 1917, the Nez Perce National Forest established a ranger station in Riggins to be more centrally located and to provide facilities for the ranger’s family. William Deasy was the ranger when the house, barn and office, located at 108 South Main north of Berger Street, was leased. The facility was used until 1927 when the Forest Service moved to the Scott Brundage complex across from Berger Street. After the original ranger station was vacated, most of the buildings were moved to nearby properties, remodeled, and are still being used today.

Second Ranger Station
In 1927, Ranger Jake Williams persuaded the Nez Perce National Forest Supervisor that a larger facility was needed in Riggins. A tract of land located across from Berger Street was leased from the Scott Brundage family and the ranger station relocated. In 1931, the Forest Service purchased
The Forest Service Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 4, 2018
2. The Forest Service Marker
the property for $2,615.00. The original purchase also included the Brundage home, which was used as the ranger’s residence. An office and horse barn were added in 1934. Two additional homes were also moved onto the complex in the 1950s to house Forest Service personnel.
In 1971, the Forest Service moved the ranger station to Slate Creek. The Riggins complex was divided and nearly all the buildings were remodeled or enlarged, but are still in use today. Even the original horse barn was rebuilt and its distinct structure can be seen in the core of the “Riggins Manor” apartment building.
 
Erected by City of Riggins.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Horticulture & Forestry.
 
Location. 45° 25.236′ N, 116° 18.96′ W. Marker is in Riggins, Idaho, in Idaho County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 95) near Berger Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 Main Street, Riggins ID 83549, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gouge-Eye Legend (within shouting distance of this marker); Clay's Swinging Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); You’ve Got Mail (within shouting distance of this marker); Riggins' Early Hotels (about 300 feet
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away, measured in a direct line); Memorable Homes (about 500 feet away); Riggins in the 1940s (about 500 feet away); Early Businesses (about 500 feet away); The Evolution of a River Terrace (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Riggins.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 27, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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Sep. 26, 2020