Adopt-A-Cabin Destroy-History?

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Posted by Keith Wartner on November 30, 2003 at 14:05:51:

In Reply to: Adopt-A-Cabin posted by Kooky on November 29, 2003 at 15:02:30:

Having explored the desert all my life and recently moving to Ridgecrest, CA, I was excited when I first learned of the BLM's Adopt-A-Cabin program a few months back. It was my original belief that having such a program in existence to help maintain many of the historic cabins throughout the desert was surely a good thing. However, my enthusiasm soon began to deplete as I started visiting many of the cabins within the Adopt-A-Cabin program. With the exception of a few program cabins within the El Paso Range, I found that many of the program cabins were not only ‘restored’, but that they have been ‘modernized’ with many ‘newer’ features; totally destroying their historical appearance and aspect! How is it that these volunteers are allowed to tarnish these program cabins in such a way, more or less turning them into their own private weekend sanctuaries? Am I not the only one noticing this, or have these volunteers gone too far?

Keith Wartner
Ridgecrest, CA

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