Members of the Volunteer/Service organization “Men of CHICO” from CSU Chico, traveled to the Bowerman Barn site for the last weekend in September. The group completed the bridge on the lower trail and built a section of the upper trail. Many thanks to this hardworking group of young men.
A new 4 foot by 6 foot interpretive sign that will be mounted in front of the Bowerman Barn has been manufactured and shipped to the Weaverville USFS office. Installation of the sign awaits the arrival of the mounting frame which should be available soon! The sign includes historical details and a map of the interpretive trail.
A team of HistoriCorps volunteers spent a week at Bowerman Barn in early October to help complete some critical stabilization projects including some foundation and beam replacements involving traditional mortise and tenon joinery pegged together with hardwood pegs.
The group, camping, on site endured some of the first cold nights with frost of the season.
HistoriCorps’ mission is to save and sustain historic places for public benefit through partnerships that foster public involvement, engage volunteers and provide training and education. HistoriCorps is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides volunteers of all skill levels with a hands-on experience preserving historic structures on public lands across America. Volunteers work with HistoriCorps field staff to learn preservation skills and put those skills to work saving historic places that have fallen into disrepair. HistoriCorps works to ensure America’s cultural and historical resources exist for generations to come.
Funding was provided by the USFS and the Trinity County Resource Advisory Committee.
Local volunteer, Russ Robinson, brought his earth moving equipment to the Bowerman Barn to build a gently sloped new section of trail connecting the existing asphalt area behind the barn to the Guy Covington Road. Thank you Russ!
The barn will be open for a guided tour on Sunday May 28, 2017 from 1 pm to 3 pm. Come and see the inside of the barn (normally closed to the public) and learn about pioneer life in the 1880s. The tour includes a walk through the homestead, along a former gold mining ditch and along the California to Oregon stage road. Sturdy shoes are recommended for the walk.
A group of volunteers turned out on Sunday afternoon on May 21 to prepare the barn and trail for the Memorial day weekend visitors. The group cleared weeds around the barn, cut small trees along the interpretive trail, removed barbed wire, and cleaned the inside of the barn.
The next volunteer workday has been scheduled for Sunday May 21 at 1 pm to 3 pm. The plan is to clear the temporary interpretive trail by weed whacking an removing some small trees in the path of the permanent interpretive trail. Another item is to clean the inside of the barn by removing straw.
All are welcome and bring string trimmers, rakes, hand tools, and chain saws. Proper attire is sensible long pants, closed toe shoes and suitable personal protective equipment for hand and power tools.
The Office of historic Preservation, Department of Parks and Recreation has notified the Forest Service that the proposed interpretive trail and interpretive panel “… will result in no adverse effect to historic properties per 36 CFR 800.5(b)”
On January 12, 2017, volunteers, Carol, Pam, and Erik met with USFS staff, Cindy, Phyllis and Valerie to discuss the layout and content of the interpretive sign. The sign will be approximately 4 feet high by 6 feet wide and include information about the Bowerman family, the barn construction and function, and the interpretive trail.
On January 14th, volunteers photographed features in the interior of the barn. The recent snow required some effort to remove before getting into the barn.
After much hard work by all, a new Interpretive Plan has been approved by USFS District Ranger, Lesley Yen.