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1907 Utah guard station to be restored

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1907 Utah guard station to be restored

By Faith Heaton Jolley | Posted - Aug. 21, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.


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SOUTH JORDAN — As part of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, another historic guard station in Utah is being restored.

The Tony Grove Guard Station is located on the Logan Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and was originally built in 1907, according to Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest public affairs specialist Kathy Jo Pollock.

The cabin was later updated in 1937 during the New Deal Era, Pollock said. Men working for the relief programs built many of the current guard stations, campgrounds and amphitheaters in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest as part of the Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration.

The Tony Grove Guard Station in 2014. (Photo: Courtesy of Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest )
The Tony Grove Guard Station in 2014. (Photo: Courtesy of Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest )

Guard stations were built for the Forest Service rangers to live in and work out of, Pollock said. Often, the families of the Forest Service rangers also lived there with them. The early guard stations were typically spaced "a day's ride by horseback" from each other and there are several still located in the Logan Ranger District.

The planned restoration will restore the building to its 1930s era appearance, as well as give it a newly shingled roof. After the project, the cabin will be available for the public to view and reserve by the summer of 2016.

To get to the Tony Grove Guard Station from Logan, visitors should drive east on Highway 89 up Logan Canyon for about 14 miles, then turn left onto Forest Service Road #003. Drive for 800 feet and then turn right onto the Tony Grove Guard Station access road.

The Blacksmith Fork Guard Station, another guard station in the Logan Ranger District, was restored in May and an open house was held.

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Editor's note: This story has been corrected to say the public is not invited to help restore the building. Rather, they are invited to view and reserve the facility once the restoration is complete.

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