National Register of Historic Places in Jackson County
An interpretative sign near the building reads:
Big Elk Guard Station
The Forest Service built this cabin in 1929. Forest guards and fire-fighting crews lived in it each summer for over half a century. The present log structure is located on the same spot as an earlier guard station, a small two room log cabin erected in 1907. The original Big Elk Guard Station was the first forest structure built in the Crater (now Rogue River) National Forest.
Because of its "rustic style" architecture and its link to the earliest days of the Forest Service, Big Elk Guard Station has been included on the National Register of Historic Places.