National Register of Historic Places in Tuolumne County

National Register #04000928: Baker Station Historic District 21 June 2009
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National Register #04000928
Baker Station Historic District
33950 State Route 108
Stanislaus National Forest
Built 1931

Baker Station Historic District contains eleven contributing buildings and one contributing object located on fifty-eight acres. All but one of the primary buildings that historically comprised Baker Highway Maintenance Station remain.

Built on the site of a 19th century toll station for the upper elevations of the historic Sonora-Mono Wagon Road, Baker Station is an early 1930s California Highway Maintenance Station that has undergone little change since its construction. It was built as a remote compound to house workers and machinery responsible for maintaining the high elevation portion of the trans-Sierra, Sonora-Mono Highway, west of the Sierra Nevada crest.

Baker Station operated as a highway maintenance facility until the 1960s and was intermittently used for this and other functions until 1981, when the state abandoned it.

When we visited in 2009, Baker Station was home to the High Sierra Institute.

Extracted from the NRHP nomination submitted in 2004.

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