National Register of Historic Places


Anderson Lodge

East of Meeteetse, Wyoming

Date Added to Register

Monday, September 14, 1987

Smithsonian Number

48PA250

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The Anderson Lodge site (48PA250) is located in the Washakie Wilderness of the Absaroka Mountains east of Meeteetse, Wyoming. The site consists of a two story multiroom log cabin called the Anderson Lodge or Studio, plus a single room log cabin, and several features directly associated with the lodge: an outhouse, two small log footbridges on the path to the outhouse, a developed spring, and a pole corral attached to the lodge. The wilderness setting of Anderson Lodge is a contributing feature to its significance since it is consistent with the historic scene related to the lodge's construction and to its ties to the beginnings of a national conservation program. The site is important for its association with the national conservation movement and development of the USDA Forest Service governmental agency from 1891 to 1907. It is also significant for its association with A. A. Anderson who was instrumental in development and management of the first national Forest Reserves from 1901 to 1906 and was an artist and rancher of local importance. The Lodge also embodies distinctive characteristics of construction and use. The unique log lodge was built in 1890 and was used as an artist's studio, ranch outbuilding, and Forest (Reserve) administrative site. Anderson Lodge is one of the few extant administrative structures directly tied to development of the first National Forest (Timberland/Forest Reserve), built by the first and only Special Superintendent of Forest Reserves, and within and administered by the USDA Forest Service, Shoshone National Forest.

Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources