This wonderful little museum in Cave Junction, Oregon, is a testimony of the big heart that lived and breathed here from 1943 until 1983 when the base was closed. For the next twenty years the buildings and grounds went through various stages of use and abuse. Then, when they faced being bulldozed and hauled away, the local jumpers who still lived in the area stepped forward and made their appeal to the Josephine Co. Board of Supervisors to restore the base as a historic museum. The rest is history. After thousands of hours of volunteer work and multiple levels of community cooperation the Siskiyou Smokejumper Museum stands proudly. The restoration of this base is, at its' heart, a love story. What happened at this base during its' best years endeared its' jumpers to it forever.
I jumped here as a booster jumper in the '60's and '70's, and while not a real "Gobi" jumper, feel very close to these people and their beloved Gobi. You can read all about on their webpage. When you purchase a book using this link, part of the proceeds (20%) go to support the museum, its' grounds, and now, the two old Twin Beach jumper aircraft.
From a veteran smokejumper to his fellow smokejumpers and generations to come, the 1973 season in Alaska is the stuff legends are made of.
If you''ve heard of the T-Hangar days, then you know the legend told on these pages, and if you haven''t, you''re in for a rare treat! Sit back, and hold on because you''re going to go on an incredible adventure.