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Home > Wyoming > Woods Landing vicinity > N. K. Boswell Ranch, State Highway 10, Woods Landing, Albany County, WY



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Location
State Highway 10, Woods Landing vicinity, WY

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS WY-85
Building/structure dates: 184 initial construction
Significance: Nathaniel Kimball Boswell, born in New Hampshire in 1836, moved west as a young man and later bought this ranch in southern Wyoming in 1886. Involved in lumbering, mining, ranching and mercantile activities, Boswell also served as Albany County sheriff and warden of Wyoming Territorial Penitentiary and held a number of other law enforcement positions. In addition to operating as headquarters for a sizable cattle ranch, this group of buildings also served as an overnight stop for stage passengers and freighters traveling along the Laramie, Wyoming-Walden, Colorado route. The two most significant structures on the ranch are the hewn-log house, built in 1873, and the massive sawn-log barn, which was built in the 1880's. The bunkhouse, shop, and one shed - all log buildings - also predate the turn of the century. The N.K. Boswell Ranch remains essentially unchanged today and is an excellent functioning example of an early western cattle ranch operation.

Subjects
Ranches


Related Names
Boswell, Nathaniel Kimball


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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