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  • Brooklyn Lake Lodge

     

     
     

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    Brooklyn Lodge, named for nearby Brooklyn Lake, is significant because of its association with the development of dude ranching and the tourist industry. The lodge was built during 1922 and 1923. At this time, dude ranching was in the process of evolving into guest ranches and resorts where visitors no longer participated only in day to day ranch work, but also in activities catered to their interests. Brooklyn Lodge provided quiet solitude, fishing, and horseback rides into the surrounding mountains beginning in 1924 with its first paying guests.

    The lodge is also important because of its association with Harry D. “Hoot” Jones. Born in 1882, Jones established himself as one of the most skilled rodeo performers in the Rocky Mountain Region. Inspired by Libby Lodge, a nearby guest ranch which had opened in 1919, Jones selected a location to build his guest ranch, the Brooklyn Lodge. The Jones family operated the Lodge into the late 1930s.

     

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    Date Added to Register:
    Tuesday, October 24, 1989
     
    Location:
    Near Centennial
     
    County:
    Albany County
     
    Smithsonian Number:
    48AB431

     

  • Centennial Work Center

     

     
     

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    The Centennial Work Center is located on the eastern slopes of the Medicine Bow Mountain Range. It was originally built as a remote ranger station and converted into a work center when the Centennial Ranger District was consolidated with the Pole Mountain and Foxpark Ranger Districts into the Laramie Ranger District and headquartered in Laramie.

    The USDA Forest Service facility has three contributory historic buildings built from 1938 to 1940 including an Office/Dwelling, Dwelling, and a Shop/Garage. The Centennial Work Center is significant for its association with expansion of Forest Service administration from custodial superintendence to active resource management. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, it reflects the contribution of this Federal Works program to the expansion of Forest Service resource management during the 1930s. It is also significant because it embodies a distinctive style of architecture developed by the Forest Service during the Depression era. The use of standard plans was typical of remote Forest Service installations and the log building style conformed well with the forested surroundings.

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    Date Added to Register:
    Monday, April 11, 1994
     
    Location:
    Near Centennial
     
    County:
    Albany County
     
    Smithsonian Number:
    48AB257

     

  • Snowy Range Lodge

     

     
     

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    Also known as Libby Lodge, the Snowy Range Lodge is located within the Medicine Bow Range, a northern prong of that part of the Rocky Mountains extending north into southern Wyoming from Colorado. The lodge is situated on National Forest property three miles west of Centennial, Wyoming. Construction of the lodge was completed in 1925.

    The building is significant because of its architecture and because of its history. Its size and design call attention to this unique log structure, few of which remain in the Medicine Bow National Forest, or elsewhere in Wyoming. The lodge has been a focal point for recreationists in the region since 1925.

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    Date Added to Register:
    Thursday, September 30, 1976
     
    Location:
    Near Centennial
     
    County:
    Albany County
     
    Smithsonian Number:
    48AB99

     

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