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Houston Ranger Station Restoration Volunteers

March 31 - April 12

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Start: March 31
End: April 12
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Houston Ranger Station, MO
208 S Sam Houston Blvd
Houston, MO 65483 United States
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Come restore one of Missouri’s finest examples of Colonial Revival architecture in the heart of the Mark Twain National Forest!

The Houston Ranger Station is located in the Houston Ranger District of Missouri. The buildings were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Lynchburg Camp with help from the Emergency Relief Administration (ERA) between 1936 and 1937 and were built with limestone in a colonial revival style. Both the CCC and the ERA were important programs sprouted from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal which he began in 1933 after taking office. The Ranger Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the Mark Twain National Forest.

The ranger station features five historic building’s that include a ranger’s office, dwelling, garage, warehouse. and a gas & oil house. The Mark Twain National Forest listed the Houston Ranger Station in the National Register of Historic Places in 2000 under “Criteria A and C” with a 1936-1950 period of significance. Today, the property continues to serve as the ranger district office!

The buildings are notable for their defining characteristics incorporating heavy wood lintels with tapered ends, gable wall chimney, dormers, and period-defining windows. Last season, HistoriCorps volunteers and field staff repaired the second story window lintel and performed a variety of needed maintenance to the aging buildings. This season we’re returning to repair more window lintels and restore critical mortar components of the historic buildings.

Our project at the Houston Ranger Station will only be available to a small group of volunteer and there will not be a Kitchen Helper needed for this project since we will be a smaller group. Please act fast and secure your spot at the Houston Ranger Station as HistoriCorps is set to return for another successful visit to the Mark Twain National Forest ranger district office! Visit the Mark Twain National Forest’s website for more information.

SESSION DATES: March 31 – April 5 and April 7-12

Please plan to arrive at the campsite no earlier than 5pm and no later than 7pm on the first day of your session.

LOCATION:  Located in central Houston, MO.


HistoriCorps is committed to educating and training volunteers in preservation skills, with an overarching mission of inspiring a preservation ethic in all those involved. Learning and working alongside expert HistoriCorps field staff, volunteers and applying the traditional skills necessary to restore the Houston Ranger Station:

– Repair second story window lintel

– Mortar repairs with repointing as necessary


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You will know your registration was successful when you receive a confirmation email. Contact volunteer@historicorps.org for assistance.