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Gary Cote and Harold Hartman (CJ 65) securing the shock tower that was originally used for parachute training

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Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum

By Tommy Albert (CJ 64)

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Gary Cote and Harold Hartman (CJ 65) securing the shock tower that was originally used for parachute training

Who would have ever thought a bunch of rag-tag jumpers could pull this off? But after 10 years of blood, sweat, and laughs, the base has never looked as good. It is now restored to its early 1950’s appearance with all the buildings shingled. The interiors have been refurbished and work continues on the displays.

This will be a never ending project but we have come a long, long way. Though we have a limited budget without the means to formally advertise, word of mouth and the signs posted on Highway 199 keep our visitor numbers increasing each year.

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