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Cunningham Cabin, Jackson Hole

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The Cunningham Cabin is a double-pen log cabin in Grand Teton National Park in the US state of Wyoming. It 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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  • This great little cabin is fairly well preserved and gives some insight into how early settlers of the area might have lived - I imagine conditions were harsh. It is easily accessible from the main.....  more
    This great little cabin is fairly well preserved and gives some insight into how early settlers of the area might have lived - I imagine conditions were harsh. It is easily accessible from the main.....  more »
  • 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. 
    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 »
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  • Get a feel for what it would be like to have lived out here long ago. Quiet place with great view. You can enter the empty cabin to check it out.
  • They say this is the original cabin. If so it has really withstood the test of time. A little bit of history about time before the park.

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