Built in 1912, the Office/Laboratory of the old Station now serves as a museum, which preserves the history of the Experimental Range.
It is a favorite of our elementary school visitors. The upper floor is used by the Center's staff as living quarters.
A generous gift from Albert Antrei, a local historian who worked at the Station and then settled in the area, will be used to improve the museum.
Thanks to Albert and his wife Iona, we will develop and display a special collection of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) memorabilia and histories of nearby CCC camps located in Ferron, Utah, Mt. Pleasant, Utah, and on Horseshoe Flat, above the Station.
The Museum chronicles the story of a wonderful range that was destroyed by overgrazing in the mid to late 1800's, and the devastation that came to the valleys from uncontrolled runoff as a result. A history of the efforts of early range scientists to restore the range and the watershed, and their studies of the impact of grazing, are also preserved in the Museum.
The Museum is a favorite of our visitors. They enjoy the displays and the stories of the Wasatch Plateau from its beginning as an inland sea; to its rise as a high mountain plateau; to its earliest history of Americans who hunted, farmed, and lived here.
They are fascinated to hear about the settlement by the European Pioneers, and their conflict with the Ute Tribe, which came to be known as the Blackhawk War. They learn how overgrazing by herds of sheep called "Tramp Herds" destroyed the watershed and caused the serious flooding in the valleys below. They learn of the old Station's early scientists, the creation of the Station itself, and finally how the GBEEC came to be.
This summer we will be making improvements to the old Gas House located southeast of the Palmer Garage.
This will allow us to preserve and display some of the old horse-drawn equipment that was used to restore the watershed in the early part of the last century.
Among the things displayed in the Gas House is a live trap for bears! We're told that a number of bears have been caught in the trap.
(Sometimes we're tempted to spring the trap when some of our elementary school visitors are playing in it.).