Anderson Lodge, WY 2021
Anderson Lodge, WY 2021

Anderson Lodge, WY 2021

Anderson Lodge, WY 2021

Over the river and through the woods, hidden miles deep in the Washakie Wilderness, the Anderson Lodge was at one time the first administrative headquarters of what would become the US Forest Service. Today it is a celebrated destination for those who love the wild and wonderful forests we cherish today.

Partner: Shoshone National Forest

Dates: August 7-14. 2021

Project Site Description & History

Anderson Lodge is named for its original dweller, the artist, rancher and philanthropist Abraham Archibald Anderson. The lodge is a two-story, multi-roomed building. HistoriCorps restored this building as well as its accompanying Hired Hand’s cabin, a one-room cabin. Read more about the structure on the National Register of Historic Places.

During America’s Gilded Age in the late 19th century, Mr. Anderson crossed paths with many places and people we know and celebrate today. As an artist, he painted many portraits, including one of Thomas Edison; he also personally designed William “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s guest ranch Pahaska Tepee, and his own home – the site of this HistoriCorps project. As a rancher, his love of the outdoors and commitment to its proper management led to him becoming the first Special Superintendent of Yellowstone region, and his home served as its first administrative headquarters. When he wasn’t at his home in the mountains, he resided in the famous Bryant Park Studios for artists in New York City, a 10-story building he bought and developed in 1900.

The Shoshone National Forest was originally called the Yellowstone Timberland Reserve when it was set aside in 1891 (under the management of Mr. Anderson). It was the first national forest in the United States. Encompassing approximately 2.4 million acres, the forest consists of a dramatic landscape: from huge swaths of exposed rock, to snow-capped mountains even in July, to expansive meadows and forests.

Read a beautifully laid out and described history of the lodge as told by Park County Historic Preservation Commission, here!

Scope of Work

PROJECT DIFFICULTY:    
SITE INFORMATION:           Tent camping only      Hike in Required

SCOPE OF WORK:  Volunteers will work alongside expert HistoriCorps staff to straighten and stabilize the two-story Lodge. Jacking points, cables, and anchors will be in place when volunteers arrive. Volunteers will work on the most exciting part of this operation: lifting and pulling the lodge, bit-by-bit, until it is straight! Volunteers will also pour concrete piers and install pressure treated posts to hold the building in place. Finally, we will disassemble the jacking system and pack up the supplies to be removed by mule.

Tasks:

  • Adjust come-alongs, jacks, and cribbing: 30%
  • Install post-and-pier foundation: 30%
  • Disassemble jacking system: 20%
  • Hike in/out of the project site: 10%

Location and Logistics:

PROJECT PARTNER: Shoshone National Forest and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

SESSION DATES: August 7-14, 2021

SCHEDULE DETAIL:  Plan to arrive at the trailhead between 6pm and 8pm on the first day of your project session. We will camp there that night, and then hike out as a group to the project site first thing the next morning. It’s about a 7-8 mile hike, mostly gradually uphill, to the project site.  We will work from about 8am to 5pm each day, with breaks for snacks, lunch, and water. On the last day of the project we will hike out as a group. Please plan to return no sooner than 5pm at the trailhead on the last day.

Corpsmembers from Rocky Mountain Youth Corps will be working with HistoriCorps before project volunteers arrive!

LOCATION:  The lodge is located on the Shoshone National Forest, in the Washakie Wilderness. Volunteers will hike in roughly 7 miles to access the site. Volunteers will need to carry their own personal gear (work clothes, tent, boots and shoes for work and water crossings, etc.) but HistoriCorps will handle the food and other group gear.

The first night, we’ll camp at Jack Creek Campground. We’ll leave our vehicles there and hike out the next morning!

More than 100 years ago, the trail that runs by the lodge was regularly traversed by settlers and miners.

Despite its size, the lodge is still dwarfed by the expansive landscape surrounding it.

From 2018: Happy (and perhaps a bit tired!) volunteers ready to hike out after their last project day working on the Anderson Lodge’s Hired Hand’s Cabin!

Creeks like this one provided water to early settlers and miners. Today, they are preserved as wild areas, relatively untouched by civilization.

We will use the services of a pack string to haul our materials and food to the campsite. Seeing the train in action is quite the sight!

Sign Up!

We’re so glad this project has inspired you to commit to volunteer! Sign up using the links below. Please email us at volunteer@historicorps.org with any questions.

HistoriCorps projects are free for volunteers! The majority of project costs are covered by our project partners and grants, but as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, HistoriCorps relies on donations to continue training volunteers and youth to save significant historical sites across America for generations to come. Your donation of any amount will make an incredible difference! Increase your impact – make a generous gift today.

Volunteer Logistics, Policies, and Advice

We’re so glad you’re interested in joining this project! If you’re new to our community, review the Volunteer FAQ first! Please note the following logistics and policies:

  • Review our COVID protocols here. HistoriCorps is committed to keeping our volunteers, staff, and project communities safe. Beginning with projects starting 9/29/2021, all volunteers will be required to affirm that they will be fully vaccinated from the Covid-19 virus by the time their project begins.
  • Volunteering with HistoriCorps is free! We will provide all meals, tools, training, equipment, and a campsite or shared indoor lodging. Dinner is not provided on the first night.
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own gear, sturdy work clothes and boots, and appropriate sleeping equipment. Check the average temperatures before you start packing – the nights and mornings may be colder than you anticipate! Then, read this advice about how to stay warm when tent camping in colder places.
  • Campsite accessibility varies by project. Some projects can accommodate tents only; others can accommodate small RVs. Please review the project site description above for more information, and if you’re still not sure, email volunteer@historicorps.org for help.
  • If this project does not offer showers, you might want to consider bringing a solar shower or research other methods to clean up after the work day.
  • Volunteer crew sizes generally range from 4-8 volunteers, with two HistoriCorps staff that lead and train volunteers in the work.
  • Safety is one of HistoriCorps’ top priorities, and volunteers can contribute to a safe working environment by ensuring their physical fitness is adequate for the work. See above for this project’s scope of work and difficulty level. Please, call us if you are not quite sure if a project is a good fit for your skills or fitness level. We may be able to suggest a project more suitable and enjoyable for you.
  • Dogs are generally allowed to accompany their humans in project campsites (actually, we love having dogs join us around the campfire!). Dogs are not permitted on the job site for everyone's safety. HOWEVER: HistoriCorps also follows the rules and regulations of our project partner. If the project partner does not permit dogs onsite then HistoriCorps is no exception. Please ask HistoriCorps or the project partner directly if you have any questions about whether Fido is welcome.