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Great Basin Research Station Historic District
Nearest city Ephraim, Utah
Area 71.9 acres (0.291 km2)
Built 1912-16; 1933-36
Built by Civilian Conservation Corps
Architect U.S.F.S. architects
Architectural style Bungalow/craftsman, Colonial Revival, Forest Service Standards
NRHP reference No. 96000678
Added to NRHP June 28, 1996

The Great Basin Research Station Historic District, in Ephraim Canyon near Ephraim, Utah, is a historic district which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

The noncontiguous district includes two complexes of buildings about three miles apart.

The Headquarters portion is the experiment station headquarters complex, located on Forest Road 0053 off Ephraim Canyon Road, at 39°19′12″N 111°29′12″W / 39.319977°N 111.486679°W / 39.319977; -111.486679 (Headquarters), and is perhaps also known as Great Basin Station (per Google maps).

The Alpine Cabin portion is another complex of buildings, about three miles east, apparently at 39°18′07″N 111°26′51″W / 39.301909°N 111.447435°W / 39.301909; -111.447435 (Alpine Cabin of Great Basin Research Station) (based on Google Satellite searching and map sketch in nomination document). (This is not the Seely Creek Guard Station, on Forest Road 0050, at 39°18′44″N 111°25′46″W / 39.312229°N 111.429447°W / 39.312229; -111.429447 (Seely Creek Guard Station), just a bit further.)

"built 1912-16 and 1933-36, is located in the Wasatch Plateau region of central Utah about 100 miles south of Salt Lake City and approximately eight miles east of Ephraim, Utah in Ephraim Canyon. The historic district is noncontiguous and consists of the experimental station headquarters complex (hereafter referred to as the Headquarters) and another complex of buildings within the range boundaries, about three miles east of the Headquarters complex, the Alpine Cabin and Experiment Station (hereafter referred to as the Alpine Cabin). The Great Basin Experimental Range was created by the U.S. Forest Service in 1912 on 4,608 acres to research problems in forestry and watershed management. 1 The buildings at the Headquarters and the Alpine Cabin complexes were built in several periods from 1912 through the 1930s, and consist of 10 contributing buildings at the Headquarters and three contributing buildings at the Alpine Cabin. In addition, there are three contributing structures at the Headquarters: a tennis court, an amphitheater, and a tent frame. There is one contributing archaeological site and three contributing objects, a flagpole, a stone bench, and water fountain, at the Headquarters as well. A number of buildings constructed in the Great Basin Station Historic District during the historic period have been demolished; a foundation at each of the complexes is all that remains of the barn and garage."

It is located off Ephraim Canyon Road, which in the past was denoted Utah State Route 29 before 29's routing was revised. It is approximately 8 miles (13 km) east of Ephraim in what is now the Manti-La Sal National Forest. The two areas combined have area of 71.9 acres (0.291 km2) area and include 13 contributing buildings, four contributing structures, one contributing object and three contributing sites.

Includes work designed by Architects of the United States Forest Service including a standard R-4 design building. And work built by the Civilian Conservation Corps?

Year of construction: 1912 Architecture: Bungalow/craftsman, Colonial Revival, Forest Service Standards Other names: Great Basin Environmental Education Center; Great Basin Experimental Range-U.S.F.S.#BS-998 Historic function: Agriculture/subsistence; Education; Domestic; Government Historic subfunction: Agricultural Outbuildings; Research Facility; Secondary Structure; Camp Criteria: architecture/engineering, event

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