Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum

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Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum

Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum
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The Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum is a 501C3 nonprofit organization based in Cave Junction, Oregon. Its main organizers and board members include many of the original Siskiyou Smokejumpers as well as community members and aviation enthusiasts alike.
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Tommy H
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Great experience!
Jun 2021 • Family
This was a great experience! We had the luck to get a guided tour from one of the actual smokejumpers. The displays and photos are a step back in time! This was a very eye opening experience into the bravery and courage and dedication these men showed! Take the time and check it out.
Written June 14, 2021
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Charity
3 contributions
Wonderful!
Jun 2021
A wonderful surprise find! We stopped on an impulse after seeing the sign. David was wonderful and answered all of our questions. Such an incredible history! We loved hearing the stories and memories.
Written June 6, 2021
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Lil’Mike
2 contributions
A must stop
Sep 2020 • Family
Stopped here because we saw the sign in the road. Excited to have found this little diamond wished more of my family was here to experience this. Super glad we stopped and learned about these men and what they to protect our natural resources.
Written September 7, 2020
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Sarah
1 contribution
Museum tells a fantastic, authentic story
Oct 2019 • Solo
This museum is amateur in the best possible way. Everyone affiliated is or was an actual smoke jumper with real stories to tell. The exhibits are all super authentic, ie "that was my uniform" or "I took that picture". They've done a fantastic job preserving and sharing their history and I'm grateful to have gotten to learn about it.
Written October 29, 2019
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michaelpC6537RI
4 contributions
Informative
Sep 2019 • Couples
We stumbled on this museum and got excited. After reading "Young Men and Fires" we immediately decided to change travel plans and visit. We were not disappointed!!! Our tour was guided by one of the men who had been a smokejumper at this base ("Appy") which made it an even more enjoyable visit. I highly recommend this museum, esp. if you're within two hours of Cave Junction, or have ever read "Young Men and Fires"!
Written October 8, 2019
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170regina18
Eugene, OR2 contributions
Great stop
Aug 2019 • Family
What a treasure this is. The dedication of the former jumpers has made this a learning showppace. Tours lead by former jumpers are fun, and our family learned a great deal about these dedicated fire fighters. Definitely worth the stop
Written August 8, 2019
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Joanne H
Perth, Western Australia, Australia9 contributions
Most interesting experience of our 6-week road trip
Jun 2019 • Family
We stopped here on a whim after seeing the sign on the main road. We are so glad we did! It ended up being one of the most interesting experiences of our whole trip (which encompassed six states and BC in Canada). As visitors from Australia, we had no knowledge of 'smokejumpers'. What we learnt and saw left us in awe of the men who take on this job. Our guide was a past smokejumper and it was a privilege to hear his stories and to learn first-hand how the smokejumper bases operate. There is no entry fee, only a donation tin sitting unobtrusively on a desk. We feel that the few dollars we put into the tin at the time did not come close to covering the benefit we gained from this amazing experience, so we have made a donation to make up for our oversight. Thank you!!!!
Written July 20, 2019
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Matt F
Ethel, WA48 contributions
Great!
Jun 2019 • Family
We stopped here on our way to Redwoods NP from Crater Lake NP. My children knew nothing about smoke jumpers, and I only knew what I had read about in romance novels. Our family of 6 were the only people present on the free tour, led by a former smoke jumper. We especially loved seeing the parachutes and the jump suits.
Written July 14, 2019
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Fishbooks
Seiad Valley, CA149 contributions
Incredible history preserved here.
Jun 2019 • Couples
We stopped here on the way to Cave Junction and former smoke jumper Gary Buck gave us a terrific tour. This site and its buildings were saved from the wrecking ball by a group of dedicated hard working former smoke jumpers who realized the value of this historic site. These men jumped out of airplanes to fight dangerous forest fires for as little as $2.20 per hour (In 1966). Many of them went on to serve in our military. One even flew to the moon and back as an astronaut. The historic pictures, the preserved uniforms, the antiquated machines used to make and repair the equipment. All are very interesting. Admission is free although they accept well deserved donations. I highly recommend this stop for adults and children as well. Forestry seriously needs to consider re-activating these crews as they were extremely efficient at stopping fires before they spread.
Written June 7, 2019
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leighb464
Kensington4 contributions
Siskiyou Base Smokejumper Museum
Sep 2018
Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum.
Like many of the other reviewers my wife and I had heard of the smokejumpers in name only but knew none of the details about how they operated. Wow! Are we glad we stopped at the museum near Cave Junction and got a tour from Jerry Katt a former smoke jumper after first hearing about it from Gary. All of the previous T.A. reviews are superlatives touching on different facets of the many operational and personal stories of these amazing individuals and they are all true! These brave men put their lives on the line everytime they jump to put out forest fires to protect us. Want to find out how they packed their own parachutes, what kind of gear they carried, and yes what happened when they landed in the top of a tree!? The restored buildings are full of artifacts and a room dedicated to packing and repairing parachutes. The guys were experts with a sewing machines to repair holes-parachutes are expensive. Another plus are pictures and memories dedicated to Army Unit 555. This unit was composed of smoke jumpers who were African Americans. A great museum!
Written October 17, 2018
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