The "Memory" video that tells the story of the Historic Lochsa River Wilderness Ranger Station in Idaho has been posted.
The video provides a 3 minute peek into this historic site, its structures, and surroundings. It includes a brief narration by volunteer and former University of Idaho forestry professor, Dr. Jim Fazio. The video was produced as part of my work at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in the summer of 2012.
The historic Lochsa ranger station is located in the Clearwater National Forest in Idaho along the Wilde and Scenic Lochsa River. Visiting this rare jewel of the USDA Forest service will take you back to the 1930's when this remote ranger outpost was occupied by rangers and their families. You can visit refurbished houses, work sheds, and grounds to explore what it must have been like to live in the wilds of Idaho.
At this location in the early part of the 20th Century a major wildfire swept up the Lochsa River valley. Rangers living at the station literally escaped with their lives by jumping in the Lochsa River. It is an amazing story of survival under extreme circumstances during a much more difficult time.
Today volunteer interpreters keep the Lochsa Station alive. Their commitment to "memory" enables each visitor to experience times long gone. Travel up the Lochsa River today and the road will take you along the same route Lewis & Clark traveled over Lolo Pass into Montana.
The Lochsa Wilderness Ranger Station is well worth a visit..and certainly worth a space in our collective memory.