A Summer of Work at the Bar BC

Historical photograph of the Main Cabin of the Bar BC taken by the Burt family.

Significant preservation work is taking place at the historic Bar BC Dude Ranch. Founded in 1912, the Bar BC is the second oldest dude ranch in Grand Teton National Park. This is the first summer of a two-year, Foundation-funded project to preserve the two largest structures and social hubs of the ranch—the Main and Corse cabins. After decades of neglect, the Bar BC is in need of preservation work to prevent further deterioration.

The Bar BC shortly before preservation work. Photo by Steven Boston.

Directed and managed by the Western Center for Historic Preservation, roofs have been stabilized, landscapes cleared, and interior braces installed so that the Main and Corse cabins will sustain through winter and beyond.

Work underway at the Main Cabin during summer 2018.

Interpretive elements will be installed next year so that visitors have the ability to explore the area and put themselves in the shoes of those who used to live at the Bar BC. Throughout the summer, multiple Foundation-supported volunteer groups have contributed service hours towards the preservation needs of this cultural resource. HistoriCorps, Tribal Youth Corps, Grand Teton Lodge Company, and Grand Teton Hammer Corps have all worked on the property over the last few months. With the work of many hands, Grand Teton’s Bar BC Dude Ranch and its stories will be preserved well into the future. For more information about the Bar BC, please contact Cathy Wikoff at cathy@gtnpf.org.

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