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Jacob Lake on the Kaibab Plateau
Kaibab National Forest, Arizona


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Historic ranger cabin at Jacob Lake on the Kaibab Plateau

Historic ranger cabin at Jacob Lake on the Kaibab Plateau

This simple two room cabin, plus a barn, was built next to the meadow and pond (Jacob Lake) in 1910 to house rangers responsible for the Grand Canyon Forest Reserve.

Jacob Lake on the Kaibab Plateau, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

Date photographed: June 4, 2014
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Kitchen in the historic ranger cabin at Jacob Lake

Kitchen in the historic ranger cabin at Jacob Lake

This cabin from the earliest years of the U.S. Forest Service has been furnished the way it might have been in the 1920's, with a wood-burning cookstove and foodstuffs in cans and sacks.

Jacob Lake on the Kaibab Plateau, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

Date photographed: June 4, 2014
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Bedroom in the historic ranger cabin at Jacob Lake

Bedroom in the historic ranger cabin at Jacob Lake

This cabin would typically have housed two men, the rangers responsible for the Kaibab Forest Reserve on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The bedroom has doors both to the kitchen and the front porch. The long skis remind us that the Kaibab has heavy snowfall and even today the road south of here closes in winter.

Jacob Lake on the Kaibab Plateau, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

Date photographed: June 4, 2014
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Fire lookout tower at Jacob Lake on the Kaibab Plateau

Fire lookout tower at Jacob Lake on the Kaibab Plateau

This 80-foot tall steel fire lookout tower was built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Lookouts spent days and nights in the small cabin at the top, scanning for smoke then using a radio to phone in the compass bearing so the fire could be located by triangulation.

Jacob Lake on the Kaibab Plateau, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

Date photographed: June 4, 2014
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My "secret" campsite on the Kaibab Plateau

After a week of meetings and socializing with my colleagues at the IVRPA Conference in Las Vegas, I was ready for some peace and quiet. So I drove north of the Grand Canyon and up to the Kaibab Plateau, a few miles along a gravel road, then a dirt road, wheel tracks, and over the pine needles to this peaceful spot. I spent four days here and never saw a person, my only company was an endemic Kaibab squirrel.

Kaibab Plateau, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

Date photographed: June 3, 2014
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