Cascadia Pole Barn Salvage
Thanks to Archaeologist Tony Farquet of the Sweet Home Ranger District, and Forest Heritage Program Manager, Cathy Lindberg, the SMS was given the opportunity to salvage materials comprising the CCC-era pole barn at the old Cascadia compound (located about 15 miles east of Sweet Home).
At one time, Cascadia was the base of the now-defuct Santiam National Forest, whose territory reached all the way to the Cascde crest. Sand Mountain was one of the easternmost outposts on the District.
In the early days of Sand Mountain, Cascadia was connected by phone line to a wide range of lookouts which -- in addition to Sand Mountain -- included Iron Mountain, Jumpoff Joe, Wildcat Mountain, Cresecent Mountain... all of these (among others) were physically connected to Cascadia and to each other by galvanized #9 phone line.
Thanks to the aforementioned heritage professionals and the Sweet Home Ranger District, many thousands of dollars worth of historic fabric was salvaged for re-use in other restoration projects. Led by Tim Nidever and Bill Joy, the Cascadia Pole Barn was one of two major salvage projects conducted by the SMS during the winter of 2010.