National Register of Historic Places in Del Norte County, California
Occupying three acres of river terrace between Route 199 and the Middle Fork of the Smith River, the historic section of the Gasquet Ranger Station compound was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the U.S. Forest Service between 1933 and 1939. Of the eleven elements that made up the Station, eight remain.
The Gasquet Ranger Station District tangibly conveys accomplishments of the CCC work program instituted by Franklin Roosevelt as part of his New Deal. The district materially represents an increase in the infrastructure of the Forest Service beginning in the 1930s as the agency shifted from a custodial role to a leadership role in comprehensive and coordinated forestry programs.
The buildings convey a unique design idiom which embraced a rustic, non-intrusive philosophy that at the time was pervasive in land management agencies. The district is one of a relatively small number of CCC ranger station compounds in California which maintain integrity of location, design, setting, workmanship, feeling and association.
Excerpted from the NRHP Nomination.
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