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Plaza Guard Station

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Remains of the fireplace at the Plaza Guard Station (bobcat)


All that remains of the Plaza Guard Station is a crumbling chimney and a few remnants of the foundation. Even though they are right next to the trail, these are easy to miss as you make a sharp turn in the Plaza Trail heading towards Sheepshead Rock. Huckleberry bushes have grown up in a screen, but one clue is the old road bed coming in from the left which leads straight to the guard station site.

The guard station was one of several erected in the newly-established Mt. Hood National Forest around 1910. The purpose was to monitor the coming and going of livestock grazing on public lands. At that time, The Plaza, a wide, flat space, was mostly devoid of trees and offered open natural pasture for flocks of sheep.

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