Anderson Lodge (48PA250) was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1987 based on its association with broad patterns of history - the origins of the Forest Service (NRHP Criterion A), its association with a person of local and national significance (A.A. Anderson; NRHP Criterion B), and it embodies distinctive characteristics of construction and use (NRHP Criterion C). This property, remote in the Washakie Wilderness (Shoshone National Forest), is one of the more unique sites in Park County.
NRHP Criterion B
Associated with significant people of the American past
A.A. Anderson was instrumental in development and management of the first national Forest Reserves, from 1901 to 1906, and an artist and rancher of local importance.
A.A. Anderson’s favorite self-description was “artist-hunter.” In his autobiography he wrote, “The two ruling passions of my life have always been hunting and painting.” But Anderson, who founded the Palette Ranch west of Meeteetse, Wyoming Territory, in the 1880s, played other roles, too: Rancher, conservationist, author, publisher, philanthropist, world traveler, patron of aviation, and celebrity networker. And the best window into this man and the challenges of his times may come from his brief, controversial time as a forester—as superintendent of the Yellowstone Forest Reserve from 1902–05.
From "Conservation politics: 'Triple A' Anderson and the Yellowstone Forest Reserve" (Clayton 2017)
Working with HistoriCorps, the Shoshone National Forest has been undertaking several years work at Anderson Lodge. In 2018, work on the smaller, Hired Hand's Cabin was completed.
2020 will be a big year for work at the Lodge, and you can volunteer with HistoriCorps!
Anderson Lodge was built on a steep, unstable slope and parts of the stucture have been sliding downslope and is in need of stabalization and other work to assure that it will last another hundred years. HistoriCorps and the Shoshone National Forest plan additional work at the site it 2020 with emphasis on the main lodge itself, stabilizing the building and dragging it uphill, back to its original foundation. The work will be under the guidance of an experienced house mover.