HistoriCorps is partnering with Shoshone National Forest to facilitate fundraising efforts to continue preservation work at Anderson Lodge. All donations made to this campaign will be restricted to this project. For more information, email Larry Todd.
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 begun the preservation of this building, as well as its accompanying Hired Hand’s Cabin in 2017 and continued the work in 2018. In partnership with the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming, we are inviting contributions to continue supporting the work that needs to be done on this incredible building.
It’s not just the building, or even its stunning backcountry location, that we find fascinating, though – it’s the history behind it. 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 Forest Reserves under Theodore Roosevelt’s administration.
Mr. Anderson played a significant role in the preservation and development of the 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.
HistoriCorps is partnering with the Shoshone National Forest to preserve the lodge, a significant historic site, for years to come! This is an incredibly scenic wilderness site that requires several miles of hiking and close coordination with pack strings of mules to access. HistoriCorps volunteers will use simple hand tools to accomplish the scope of work – that means no power tools, no electricity, and no generators! We will preserve the cabin using many of the same techniques its original builders used.
Your contribution can make a significant impact toward the preservation of Anderson Lodge. Please, make a donation today to support this effort.
Explore HistoriCorps’ 2018 work at https://historicorps.org/events/anderson-lodge-2018/