National Register of Historic Places

Craig Cabin


Date Added to Register

Monday, September 19, 2016

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The Craig Cabin is believed to have been constructed by an early trapper and his two nephews sometime between 1898 and 1900. Around 1902 Jack Craig moved into the cabin and took out a gold claim on the site. He claimed to be successfully mining for gold and sold shares to his gold mine, however there is no evidence that Craig ever found gold at the site. Craig diverted water from Jack Creek for his mining endeavor, which caused tension with local ranchers who had water rights. Craig left the area around 1940. The cabin was taken over by Arthur Bowlsby who used it to outfit tourists for hunting, fishing, and sightseeing excursions. The Craig Cabin represents three important economic activities in the West – fur trapping, gold mining, and outfitting.

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