Anderson Lodge & Hired Hand’s Cabin



Start Date


End Date


Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


United States



This is a wilderness project, with extended work days in a backcountry setting, using traditional hand tools to accomplish the scope of work. Volunteers must hike in, carrying their gear, to this project site. Sound fun? We thought so. Find a guide to project description icons here.

About the Project and Campsite:  Tent camping only, Hike in Required, Mountain Area

PROJECT PARTNER: Shoshone National Forest


Anderson Lodge is named for its original dweller, the artist, rancher and philanthropist Abraham Archibald Anderson. The lodge is a two-story, multi-roomed building. HistoriCorps worked on this building as well as its accompanying Hired Hand's cabin, a one-room cabin, in 2017 and we are returning in 2018 to continue working on the Hired Hand's Cabin. Read more about the structure on the National Register of Historic Places. During America's Gilded Age in the late 19th century, Mr. Anderson crossed paths with many places and people we know and celebrate today. As an artist, he painted many portraits, including one of Thomas Edison; he also personally designed William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's guest ranch Pahaska Tepee, and his own home - the site of this HistoriCorps project. As a rancher, his love of the outdoors and commitment to its proper management led to him becoming the first Special Superintendent of Forest Reserves under Theodore Roosevelt's administration.

Horses help with the heavy lifting.

Mr. Anderson played a significant role in the preservation and development of the Yellowstone region, and his home served as its first administrative headquarters. When he wasn't at his home in the mountains, he resided in the famous Bryant Park Studios for artists in New York City, a 10-story building he bought and developed in 1900.

The Shoshone National Forest was originally called the Yellowstone Timberland Reserve when it was set aside in 1891 (under the management of Mr. Anderson). It was the first national forest in the United States. Encompassing approximately 2.4 million acres, the forest consists of a dramatic landscape: from huge swaths of exposed rock, to snow-capped mountains even in July, to expansive meadows and forests.

SCOPE OF WORK: In order to stabilize the Hired Hand's Cabin, volunteers will work closely with field staff to learn how to:

Task Approximate Percentage of Scope* 1. Install daubing on the exterior of the Cabin, using locally-sourced materials 40% 2. Reconstruct the Cabin's original porch 25% 3. Install chinking on interior of Hired Hand's Cabin 15% 4. Recreate and install the Cabin's original windows 10% 5. Install a stove 10% VOLUNTEER FAQs: Find answers to the most common questions on our FAQ page. All first-time volunteers should review these.

WHO: All are welcome. This project is not recommended for those under age 18.

We are excited to partner with Team Rubicon participants! 

WHERE: Washakie Wilderness, Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming (map)

Coordinates: 44.101465, -109.4347672

Open for Logistical Details

  • Volunteers must be physically fit enough to participate in this strenuous, high-altitude project. Previous backpacking or extended camping experience is highly encouraged. This project is not appropriate for those who have not hiked long distances, backpacked, or camped before.
  • You are the best judge of your own physical and technical ability. Remember that volunteers and field staff will work full days in the field, in variable weather conditions. Please, call us if you are not quite sure if a this project is a good fit for your skills or fitness level. We may be able to suggest a project more suitable and enjoyable for you. Thank you for your understanding.
  • Please visit our Volunteer Information and FAQs page for important information.
  • Plan to arrive at Jack Creek Campground just west of Meeteetse, WY between 6 p.m and 8 p.m. for staging on the first day of your project session. We'll leave our cars at the trailhead. Volunteers will carry their own packs on the 5-mile hike into the jobsite, over rolling and occasionally steep terrain.
  • HistoriCorps will not provide dinner on the first night. The first meal will be breakfast, on the second day; the last will be lunch on the last day.
  • Volunteers should plan to carry their own camping gear and work clothes into the site.
  • HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with meals including: breakfast, lunch, dinner, water and snacks.
  • Field staff will train volunteers in the project work. All tools are provided. Please do not bring your own tools – we don’t want them to get lost!
  • Volunteers must come prepared with proper attire including: sturdy work shoes, long pants and a work shirt.
  • Given the rural nature of this site, cell phone coverage is nonexistent.
  • Are you interested in earning a hands-on education in historic preservation? This project counts towards the HistoriCorps Institute Certificate of Achievement in Heritage Conservation and Construction, contact Jamie Tobias at, or enroll online today!

You will know if you have successfully registered if you receive an auto-generated email and/or a HistoriCorps staff member greets you. The majority of our communications with you will be via email, so please do check your spam/junk folders to make sure you're getting information from us!HistoriCorps is a service learning partner of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture committed to the preservation and stewardship of significant resources on public lands.

  • Session 1
  • July 27, 2018 - August 4, 2018
  • Session 2
  • August 10, 2018 - August 18, 2018


  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available


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  • International Volunteers