Siskiyou Smokejumper Base was the first aerial fire fighter base in Oregon history and one of the original four bases established in the United States when the nation’s smokejumping program first began in the early 1940s. It is the only one of the original four bases still standing in its original location and condition and contains one of the most complete assemblages of historic smokejumper buildings in the nation including the nation’s oldest smokejumper parachute loft.
42.103651, -123.681429 Illinois Valley Airport
Drive four and a half miles south of Cave Junction and when the road opens into four lanes, get in the right lane and turn right at the first road (Smokejumper Way). Follow this road to where it ends at the gate to the airport tarmac.
You can take a self-guided tour of the base during regular airport hours. The route is wheelchair accessible and includes exhibit panels explaining what you see around you. Read more…
Tour historic buildings
A guide is needed to see the interior of the historic buildings. There are no scheduled tour times. Guides conduct tours when visitors arrive.
The base was established in 1943 during World War Two with this location likely being chosen because of a Japanese airplane dropping incendiary bombs in September 1942 about 20 miles to the west of the museum. Read more…
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