National Register of Historic Places

Kimmel Kabins

Grand Teton National Park

Date Added to Register

Monday, April 23, 1990

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The Kimmel Kabins is a historic district built in 1937 by J. D. and Lura Kimmel consisting of eleven cabins, a lodge/dining hall, and a footbridge in a complex that straddles Cottonwood Creek south of Jenny Lake. At one time there also was a store and office, now removed. The buildings are built in a style referred to as dude ranch style. The design of the individual buildings and the overall complex retains the appearance of a 1920s-1930s motor court with the attempt by the builders to achieve a feeling of pioneer log structures. The Kimmel Kabins historic district is significant because it is the lone surviving example of a motor court type at Grand Teton National Park. During the period between World War I and World War II as many as a dozen tourist camp/motor courts were in business within the Park. In 1962 Lura Kimmel died and the cabins became seasonal housing for the National Park Service.

Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources