Rand National Historic Site: Ranger Station Renovations – Galice OR

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The Rand National Historic Site is located on the west side of the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon, 25 miles northwest of Grants Pass and 3 miles downstream from Galice. Rand’s history covers the Gold Rush, establishment of the Siskiyou National Forest and the 2oth century logging era, plus the postwar recreation era that followed designation of the Rogue as a National Wild and Scenic River.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) played a central role in that history, with some of the CCC’s work still very much visible.  The CCC built and occupied Camp Rand from 1933 to 1941.

After establishing their camp, the enrollees renovated the original buildings of the Rand Ranger Station, erected in 1916 by the US Forest Service  This work included the ranger station office, the ranger residence and the residence of the Protective Assistant. (The BLM map, shown below, is wrong in stating that the ranger station and residence were constructed in the early 1930s, but the Protective Assistant’s residence may well have been).

A couple more structures were added in the 1950s.

Rand was purchased by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) c 1970 and was designated a National Historic Site in 1999.

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Source notes

Bureau of Land Management. Rand National Historic Site (informational brochure). Medford OR District Office, August 2004.

William Lansing, Camps and Calluses: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Southwestern Oregon. CCC books.  2014. Available at: https://books.google.fr/books/about/Camps_and_Calluses.html?id=PO8WogEACAAJ&redir_esc=y

Project originally submitted by Jim Reed on November 15, 2021.

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Location Info


Merlin-Galice Road
Galice, OR 97523

Location notes: West side of Rogue River

Coordinates: 42.5963, -123.5862

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