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Bly Ranger Station Restoration

October 3, 2013

By Michelle Durant

Oregon’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), part of the Oregon Heritage, awarded the Fremont-Winema National Forest the full $20,000 Preserving Oregon Grant in 2011 to assist in the rehabilitation of the old Bly Ranger Station office building, located on Highway 140 in Bly, Oregon.  This preservation grant was the first ever heritage grant between the State of Oregon and the U.S. Forest Service, in Region 6 (Oregon and Washington).

The Bly Ranger Station Office in 2013, after restoration work was completed.

The Bly Ranger Station Office in 2013, after restoration work was completed.

Interior of the Office in 2010, before restoration work began.

Interior of the Office in 2010, before restoration work began.

The Bly Ranger Station is a great example of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workmanship.  The CCC, under the supervision of the Forest Service, constructed the Bly Ranger Station compound between 1936 and 1942. The old office building was built in 1936.  The compound was later placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981 and is considered to have national significance.

With the grant money and a community partner, the Bly Community Action Team, the Forest was able to restore the interior of the main floor of the structure to near its original design while simultaneously

Interior of the Office in 2013 after restoration work completed.

Interior of the Office in 2013 after restoration work completed.

bringing the building up to current building standards and making it ADA accessible.

The Station has stood as a constant within the community. The old office is a beautiful building and an object of pride.  It has and will continue to play a significant role in the historical development of the local community because of support provided by the SHPO and the Preserving Oregon Grant.

Michelle Durant is an Archaeologist with the Fremont-Winema National Forest.

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  1. Bill Hudak permalink
    October 23, 2013 6:36 pm

    As a resident of Bly and member of the Community Action Team, I thank the “SHPO” for awarding the preservation grant and Michelle Durant for the acquistion of the grant and coordination of the contractors and volunteers. This restoration has resulted with an asset to our Community and has united us with a sense of accomplishment and pride.

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