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Scientific teams and classes are headquartered at what was once the Wilcox Ranch housing complex. Overnight visitors usually pitch a tent in the camping area or, depending upon availability, they can toss a sleeping bag on one of the beds in the bunkhouse. Mealtime is a communal affair prepared and served from a single kitchen and enjoyed at our outside dining area. Many of the buildings were in poor condition and required repair. Investments in infrastructure have resulted in new septic systems, updated plumbing and replacement of leaking roofs. Students and volunteers have contributed hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” resulting in functioning irrigation systems, repaired fences and gates, and clean, freshly painted buildings.
Range Creek is a work in progress and much remains to be done: upgrade the culinary water system, install a solar powered energy system, complete upgrades to the septic system, and establish a reliable communication system. Work is currently underway to complete a facilities evaluation and develop a management plan that is in harmony with the historic fabric of the ranch and the conservation easement on the property, yet able to accommodate the needs of a busy research station.
This map of the ranch complex was made using data collected by staff and students of the 2006 U of U field school using survey grade mapping equipment. Construction dates for buildings, fences, and other features range from about 1890 - 1970. For a virtual tour match the numbered list of photos to those on the map (see below).
6 Corn Crib/Log Cabin
7 Tractor Shed
9 Hay Barn
12 Ore Car Dam