Centennial celebration set at North Rim's Jacob Lake

The North Kaibab Ranger District will host a Forest Service centennial celebration this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It will be at the Jacob Lake Ranger Station and Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center here.

Demonstrations, exhibits and reenactors will recreate the past at the historic Jacob Lake Ranger Station ­ the first field administrative site for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Demonstrations of Native and European American craft making, booth exhibits by historic interpretation and preservation groups, and reenactments of early Forest Service rangers are expected.

Meanwhile, the district will offer displays, informal presentations and question-and-answer sessions about current Forest Service issues, practices and programs on the Kaibab Plateau at the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center.

District 1 Supervisor Carl Taylor is expected to present a proclamation of support and congratulations from the Coconino County Board of Supervisors to the Kaibab National Forest at the event's opening ceremony at the ranger station at 10 a.m.

Other community, district and forest leaders are also expected to speak, along with "Caleb Rass," a forest ranger from the 1920s transported to the present day for the occasion.

The Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center is located at the junction of U.S. Highway 89A and Arizona State Highway 67 in Jacob Lake.

The Jacob Lake Ranger Station is just south of the visitor center, and is accessible by all-weather forest roads just off Arizona State Highway 67, or an easy one-mile walking trail from the visitor center.

For more information about the June 25 centennial celebration, contact the North Kaibab Ranger District office in Fredonia at 928-643-7395 or the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center in Jacob Lake at 928-643-7298.

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