Elinore Pruitt Stewart Homestead



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The Elinore Pruitt Stewart Homestead house is a substantial log structure consisting of an original cabin (circa 1898) and north and south wings/additions (circa 1909). The building is located in the Burntfork Valley in the very southwest corner of Sweetwater County where the line of Sweetwater County and Uinta County meet the Utah state line. The homestead's significance revolves around two points: the long overlooked role of women homesteaders in the American West and the literary merits of Mrs. Stewart's book, Letters of a Woman Homesteader, a warm and lively chronicle of her ranch life in the southwest corner of Wyoming. Elinore Rupert Pruitt, a widowed laundress from Denver, came to Wyoming in the spring of 1909 to work as a housekeeper for Clyde Stewart. Within six weeks of her arrival Mrs. Pruitt filed a homestead entry on property located very close to Mr. Stewart's homestead. One week after filing her homestead entry Mrs. Pruitt and Mr. Stewart applied for a marriage license. After their marriage, the Stewarts built additions onto Mr. Stewart's existing cabin. The homestead structure, then, was originally constructed by Clyde Stewart and became Mrs. Stewart's as well after her marriage.



Date Added to Register:
Thursday, April 25, 1985
Near McKinnon
Sweetwater County
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