Sunday, December 21, 2014

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Makoshika's McCarty cabin slated for renovation

By Jason Stuart

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

Makoshika State Park is getting yet another upgrade.

Montana State Parks officially announced plans Tuesday to spend an estimated $50,000 to renovate the old McCarty cabin.

Parks officials plan to refurbish the dilapidated cabin for public use, rebuild the abandoned road to the cabin and make a parking area and install a vault toilet at the cabin site.

The cabin project is just the latest in a string of recent developments to improve Makoshika. 

A major project to renovate the “switchbacks” section of the park road is slated to begin work this week and construction on the first leg of the new Paramount Trail is slated to begin soon.

“This is part of our management plan to maintain facilities that are already here,” said Makoshika manager Nathan Powell about the cabin project.

As to the purpose the renovated cabin will be put towards, Powell said three options are under consideration.

“One (option) is to rent it out, one is to use it for volunteer (housing) and the third is to use it as an interpretive facility,” he said.

According to Powell, the restored cabin could possibly be used for all three purposes.

“I believe we’ll use all three of those assets in some shape or form,” he said. “I don’t think anything’s off the table, but we need to define that in the coming months.”

The cabin was built by the McCarty family long before Makoshika became a state park and remained in the family’s possession long after the surrounding land had been donated to the county for the park’s creation in the early 1940s. 

The cabin and 160 acres surrounding it were finally donated to Montana State Parks by the McCarty family in 2010.

 

Reach Jason Stuart at rrreporter@rangerreview.com.

 
Get the full story in the Sunday, July 13, 2014 print issue of the Ranger-Review.
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