Sublette County Historic Preservation Board - Honor the Past, Enrich the Future

Cora Townsite National Register Nomination: 2016 - 2017

The Sublette County Historic Preservation Board (SCHPB) is nominating the Cora Townsite (48su428) for the National Register of Historic Places.

The primary goal is a National Register listing as a district for the seven buildings that make up the current town of Cora. Originally founded in 1891, the twon moved a couple times before finally settling at its current location in 1919. Most of the buildings were constructed by hand by European emigrants around 1900. None have been moved since 1919, the beginning of the period of significance. Although privately owned, the old store and post office building has been the rural community gathering spot for more than a century. The buildings constitute the entire town, but also serve a much broader rural community of several hundred people.

National Register of Historic Places in Sublette County

Deadline Ridge Fire Lookout: 2015 - 2017

The Deadline Ridge Fire Lookout (48su1738) is located at approximately 10,100 feet elevation on Deadline Ridge in the Bridger-Teton National Forest (BTNF) on the Big Piney Ranger District. It was built in 1941, probably as a CCC project, but little is known of its history. The stick built structure is 11 feet by 11 feet of a typical plan for the time. Unlike other Sublette County lookouts, this one is easily accessible by vehicle, and is in good condition. It commands a great view in three directions. It is in the best condition and only one of three fire lookouts that still stand in Sublette County. In cooperation withe the BTNF, the Preservation Board is repairing and restoring the lookout with plans to provide interpreation for the public. A companion interpretive display has been developed at the Green River Valley Museum in Big Piney.

Deadline Ridge Fire Lookout Proposal - January 31, 2015
Restoration - August 17, 2015

Homestead Survey: 2005 - 2017

With funding from the Sublette County Commissioners, the Historic Preservation Board has been conducting an extensive documentation project of remaining homestead structures in the county. The project focuses on site visits to GPS and photograph homestead sturctures. More than 3000 land patents were issued under the Homestead Act, Desert Claim Act, and other similar legislation, which required improvements on the land. Documenting the those surviving buildings and improvements is the focus of the project. The work has been spearheaded by Helena Linn and apporimately 90% of the claims have been surveyed through 2016. When complete, the records will be achived at the Green River Valley Museum for access to researchers.

Homestead Research Guidelines (36K PDF)
Homestead Site Forms (40K DOC)
Landowner Information Letter (211K PDF)

Craig Cabin National Register Nomination: 2013 - 2016

Criag Cabin is located on Bridger-Teton National Forest (BTNF) on Jack Creek in Sublette County, Wyoming. The buildings and site are more than 100 years old and unique because they encompasses three phases of economic activities in the area. The cabins began as a remote fur trapping outpost in the late 1800s. The cabins were next repurposed as a gold mine base in the early 1900s. A diversion ditch and sluice boxes were added. Finally, the buildings were converted to and outfitting base camp in 1971 and has been continuously used in that capacity to present.

While most early cabins on Forest Service land have not survived the test of time, the Craig cabin site has thrived because of the continuous use and repurposing for various economic activities.

Craig Cabin was listed on the National Register September 19, 2016..

National Register of Historic Places in Sublette County

Green River Drift: 2009 - 2014

In October 2013, The Green River Drift was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The drift is a 58-mile long cattle trail that has been continuously used since the 1890s by the Upper Green River Cattle Association ranchers to get cattle from spring pasture on the desert to summer pasture in the forest. Because it is still being used much as it has for more than 100 years, the Drift was listed as a Traditional Cultural Property (TCP), the first ranching related TCP in the nation. It is the oldest and longest continuously used stock driveway in Wyoming.

Driven by rancher Jonita Sommers and Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office, efforts started in 2009 for a National Register nomination. Because the trail crosses private, county, state and federal lands, and covers more than 100 miles of main trail and side trails, the nomination was very complex taking 4 years to complete. The Preservation Board aided in working with private public landowners, hosted a dedication on June 20, 2014 to celebrate the listing.

The Preservation Board has also developed three interpretive road sign to be placed along the Drift. The mesa sign has been installed at the Sommers Homestead. The drift fence and forest signs are complete pending final site approval for installation.
Dedication of Green River Drift
National Regsiter of Historic Places in Sublette County

Lander Trail Survey: 2006 - 2008

With the rapid natural gas boom in the Sublette County starting in the mid 1990s, parts of the emigrant Lander Trail were threatened. The Preservation Board wanted to be proactive instead of reactive in protecting the trail by educating private land owners of the important historic resource on their land, but also documenting the trail before any significant imapacts due to development. The Preservation Board commissionend a professional survey of the entire Lander Trail on private ground through Sublette County. The survey led to the development of a 100 acre historical park where the Lander Trail crosses the New Fork River.

Lander Trail New Fork River Crossing Historical Park: 2009 - 2014

The Preservation Board was offered to participate in development of Programatic Agreement development with gas field developers on public ground. The goal was to find appropriate mitigation for impacts to the setting of the Lander Trail in the Pinedale Anticline gas field. The result was offsite mitigation and dvelopment of the New Fork River Crossing Historical Park providing a unique river setting experience for trail visitors and preserving an rare emigrant river crossing location.

At the request of the Preservation Board, Sublette County Road and Bridge built the parking lot and Preservation Board funds were used signs and improvemnts around the parking lot. More than 20 private, non-profit and government organizations were involved in developing the Park. Grand opening was June 21, 2014.

2017 Update - The New Fork River Crossing was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 17, 2017.
Grand Opening - June 21, 2014
National Regsiter of Historic Places in Sublette County

Pinedale Historic District Project - 2004

In cooperation with the Town of Pinedale and the Museum of the Mountain Man, the Preservation Board established the original four blocks of Pinedale as a Historic District. The Board designed and purchased a 24" by 36" plaque that was placed at the northeast corner of Pine St and Franklin Avenue. The plaque was dedicated during Pinedale's centennial celebration on September 26, 2004 by Mayor Rose Skinner and Wyoming Senator Barbara Cubin. Board President Ann Noble conducted a walking tour of the historic district in the afternoon and gave a presentation on the new book she is writing, "Pinedale - A Centennial History".

Pinedale Historic District Plaque (252K PDF)
Early Pinedale History
Pinedale Celebrates 100 Years

Bondurant Church National Register Nomination - 2001

With a $2500 grant from SHPO, the Preservation Board was able to get the Bondurant Church and Library buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The project also inculded an informational brochure and website highlighting historic community buildings of Sublette County. The featured buildings included the Church of St. Hubert the Hunter in Bondurant, the Daniel School House, the Boulder School House, and the Big Piney Community Hall.

Historic Community Buildings of Sublette County

Civilian Conservation Corps - 2000

The Preservation Board hired historian Ann Noble to research and document the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) activities and camps in Sublette County during the 1930s and 1940s. When research was complete, several public slide show presentations were given. Camp Fremont near Pinedale was one of the first camps in the nation. The CCC work included construction of roads, bridges, campgrounds, ranger stations and many other projects. Many of the facilities are still in use today.

CCC in Sublette County

Photographic History of Sublette County - 1998 & 1999

The Sublette County Historic Preservation Board found and digitized over 5000 photographs that document the history of Sublette County and its residents. The private and public collections were scanned by dozens of mostly volunteers and ultimately published on CD-ROM and the internet. By making these photos available to everyone on the internet, they have been used by hundreds of researchers instead of stored away in boxes in closets or museums where only a few get to see them. Since the original project a few new collections have been added.

Photographic History of Sublette County

About the Board

The Sublette County Historic Preservation Board is a public board of volunteers appointed by the Sublette County Commissioners. Our mission is to educate, encourage and aid in preservation of our community's historic assets. The board is set up under the Certified Local Government (CLG) program administered by the National Park Service and the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Funding is primarily through the Sublette County Commissioners, but the board is also charted to apply for federal funds via the CLG program.

2017 Members:
Clint Gilchrist, President
Dave Vlcek, Vice-President
Dawn Ballou, Secretary
Bob Beiermann
Jonita Sommers
Carmel Kail
Sam Drucker
Don Schooley

More information:
By-laws of the Historic Preservation Board (124K PDF)
Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office
National Park Service
Certified Local Government Program
National Register of Historic Places

National Register of Historic Places in Sublette County

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