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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, SepC 19, 2012 5B Crocker, from page 1B 1923: Railroad logging in the area, first by Clover Valley Logging Company and then by Feather River Lumber Company, was administered from Crocker Guard Station. For nearly 40 years, logging trains passed back and forth in front of the station six days a week. Fire crews were also stationed at Crocker during this time. Construction of a forest road in 1923, from Crocker into Grizzly Valley, now Lake Davis, improved response times for the crews. Photo courtesy Plumas National Forest The abandonment was part lookout can pay for restora- teers, including Curtis Mar- of a larger national trend. As tion of another, shall, who worked at Crocker technology and the agency's Because it had been from 1962 to 1967, Mike Marti- mission changed, the Forest reroofed and fixed up just pri- ni and Pete Meyer, had Service stopped using a hum- or to being mothballed, helped restore the nearby ber of structures in the 1980s, Crocker Guard Station Black Mountain Lookout. mostly fire lookouts, which it weathered its hiatus relative- Opened in 2011, Black Moun- considered obsolete, ly well archeologist Kliejunas tain was the first recreational Thousands of lookouts once said. Luck was on its side, rental on the Plumas forest dotted the country, with as too: The site has not attracted and has proved very popular. many as 625 in California at vandals, a common Problem "I wouldn't have a project one time, according to the with unused, outlying Forest without them," Kliejunas Forest Fire Lookout Associa- Service structures, said of the volunteers. Collec- tion (FFLA). Nationwide, Still, the station house tively, they have logged more about 2,000 lookouts remain needed work if it was going to than 1,000 hours at Crocker. today the FFLA says. Califor- function as a public rental. Although much has been nia has 198 still standing, and Using American Recovery accomplished, there is still 50 of those are currently and Reinvestment Act (AR- more to do before Crocker staffed. RA) money, the forest madecan be reopened to the public. Over the last 20 years, a re- structural improvements, se- Up next is a grant application newed interest in the iconic curing the building to itsto fund a toilet building. structures has prompted tile foundation and the second Questions of running water Forest Service to restore and floor to the first floor. Of im- and power have yet to be de- rehabilitate the towers. To- mediate concern was retool- cided. The forest estimates it day, dozens of lookouts, ing the station to protect it won't be ready for use before guard stations and cabins are from the elements. The AR-2014, at the earliest. When it available to the public as RA funds paid for a new roof does open, because of its size overnight rentals, and new windows, too. and its proximity to Crocker Because the forest can keep But Kliejunas has relied campground, i,t has the poten- 95 percent of the income gen- heavily on local volunteers to tim to house large groups. erated by the rentals, they be- perform other tasks. She As it enters its second cen- come self-sustaining. Any re- found eager helpers in sever- tury, Crocker Guard Station pairs or additional renova, al Beckwourth Ranger Dis- is poised to become the vi- lions can be paid for with triCt retirees, some of whom brant site it was for much of rental money. Tile funds can had worked at Crocker dur-its first century- = to once also be rolled over into new ing its waning days. again be something and projects, so income from one A number of the volun- somewhere. Where in the World? Diana Cline (far left), Carolyn Hendrick, Roy Bitton, wife Lisa Burns-Bitton, Eyal Bitton and Sandra Ward traveled to Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas, for Roy Bitton's silver-wings pinning ceremony Aug. 17 as he graduated from pilot school. POEM OF THE WEEK American Life in Poetry Ted Kooser U.S. Poet Laureate -An exchange of stories is frequently one of the first steps toward a friendship. Here's the recollection of one of those exchanges, by Dorianne Laux, who lives and teaches in Oregon. Family Stories I had a boyfriend who told me stories about his family, how an argument once ended when his father seized a lit birthday cake in both hands and hurled it out a second-story window. That, I thought, was what a normal family was like: anger sent out across the sill, landing like a gift to decorate the sidewalk below. In mine it was fists and direct hits to the solar p]exus, and nobody ever forgave anyone. But I be- lieved the people in his stories really loved one another, even when they yelled and shoved their feet through cabinet doors, or held a chair like a bottle of cheap champagne, christening the wall, rungs exploding from their holes. I said it sounded harmless, the pomp and fury of the passionate. He said it was a curse being born Italian and Catholic and when he looked from that window what he saw was the moment rudely crushed. But all I could see was a gorgeous three-layer cake gliding like a battered ship down the sidewalk, the smoking candles broken, sunk deep in the icing, a few still burning. --Dorianne Laux Poem copyright 2000 by Dorianne Laux American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (poetry, publisher of Poetry magazine. . 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