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Paradise Valley Ranger Station

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1933–1941. 355 S. Main St. (northeast corner of S. Main and S. 4th sts.)
  • Paradise Valley Ranger Station (Bret Morgan)

With few alterations and all seven original buildings and a cistern intact, this still-functioning U.S. Forest Service (USFS) ranger station provides an unusually well-preserved example of such a complex constructed during the 1930s in Nevada. The eighth building, a barn constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), was moved to the site in 1948 and converted into a bunkhouse. The CCC constructed the station to serve the Santa Rosa Division of the Humboldt National Forest. The CCC also constructed a grammar school and improved roads in Paradise. The design of each of the eight buildings on the site, not including the concrete and masonry cistern, followed standard USFS plans. Simple and practical, the wood-frame buildings retain their original color scheme of white with green trim. Displaying the influence of bungalow design, all of them have drop siding and medium-pitched gable roofs of cedar. Several other USFS ranger stations in Nevada erected by the CCC in the 1930s have buildings constructed according to the same plans; one is Baker Ranger Station near Great Basin National Park.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Paradise Valley Ranger Station", [, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 145-146.

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