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  • Craig Cabin

     

     
     

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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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    Date Added to Register:
    Monday, September 19, 2016
     
    Location:
    Bondurant
     
    County:
    Sublette County
     
    Smithsonian Number: 
    48SU2133  

     

  • The Church of St. Hubert the Hunter and Library

     

     
     

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    Also known as the Bondurant Protestant Episcopal Church, this property consists of the church, library, two outhouses, and picnic shelter. It lies within the small ranching community of Bondurant which is located in Hoback Basin southeast of Jackson. The church is a one story log structure built in 1940 and 1941. The library was completed in 1943. Local ranchers built the structures using native lodgepole pine that is abundant in the nearby mountains. The church not only serves as a religious facility but also functions as a community center and the associated library functioned as a library and school.

    The founding of the church is the result of travelers being stranded in the area by a blizzard. During the winter of 1937 Wyoming's Episcopalian Bishop, Winford H. Ziegler, passed through the Hoback Basin on his way to Jackson. A blizzard forced him to stop near Bondurant and seek refuge at nearby ranches. Months later, while in Philadelphia, Bishop Ziegler had a conversation with Bishop Perry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, regarding a diamond donated by Mrs. John Markoe. According to the story, Mrs. Markoe stipulated that the diamond was to be sold for cash to finance a memorial church. Some versions of the story suggest the deal was to build a church in the most remote place in the U.S. Upon hearing this story, Bishop Ziegler recalled the hospitality afforded him by the residents of Bondurant. He suggested that the gem be sold to build a church at Bondurant. The Presiding Bishop agreed and sold the diamond for $1,400. Bishop Ziegler returned to Bondurant in the early spring of 1939 to solicit volunteers to erect the new church. The church and library not only provided religious, health and educational needs, they provided a strong social bond for the numerous widespread ranches that comprise the Bondurant community. The construction, utilization, and operation of the Church of St. Hubert the Hunter and Library epitomize the community spirit shown by the residents of Bondurant.

     
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    Date Added to Register:
    Thursday, January 24, 2002
     
    Location:
    Bondurant
     
    County:
    Sublette County
     
    Smithsonian Number: 
    48SU2673  

     

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