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Cunningham Cabin, Jackson Hole

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Scenic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Hiking Trail
The Cunningham Cabin is a double-pen log cabin in Grand Teton National Park. The cabin was built as a homestead in Jackson Hole and represents an adaptation of an Appalachian building form to the West. The cabin was built just south of Spread Creek by John Pierce Cunningham, who arrived in Jackson Hole in 1885 and subsisted as a trapper until he established the Bar Flying U Ranch in 1888. The Cunninghams left the valley for Idaho in 1928, when land was being acquired for the future Grand Teton National Park.
Cunningham and his wife grew about 100 acres (40 ha) of hay, later irrigating another 140 acres (57 ha) to provide feed for 100 cattle and eight horses. His brother, W. Pierce Cunningham, settled his family nearby. By 1924 the Cunningham ranch comprised 560 acres (230 ha). By 1926 Cunningham had moved out of cattle and was raising sheep on the land.
J. Pierce Cunningham was one of the original county commissioners chosen when Teton County was organized in 1923. He was also, at various times, justice of the peace, postmaster and game warden.
After 1895 the Cunninghams, who had built a more commodious house, used the cabin as a barn or a smithy. A small fortification was erected in 1895 during unrest involving the Bannack Indians. Traces of foundations survive.

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  • A quick stop on the Loop Road in the Tetons and you'll be rewarded with some unusual pictures plus a taste of how life might have been for the settlers of long ago. Worth the stop.  more »
  • My wife snd I stopped by here and we were so glad to see this place. Hard to believe people lived like this during such harsh winters a hundred years ago. The trail says “.3 miles” but that must be...  more »
  • Great activities. Needs more parking. Went on boat tour. Worth it.
  • The accommodations are a bit too rustic for my taste. The service is literally non-existent. There's pika infestation, too. The bathroom is, evidently, communal and you'd be sharing it with wildlife. But, nice ambiance. Reservations are recommended, the place is fairly small.

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