The Original Western Ranch Decor

I  like to look at the old log cabins, barns, and outbuildings built by early pioneers and ranchers. Wyoming has a lot of them, and our arid climate means they can be in pretty good shape half a century or so after they were last inhabited.

The use of local materials is noteworthy to me. I like the simplicity and practicality of using what is at hand in a way that is functional and straightforward. I also like the way log structures fit into the landscape. They are not pretentious, screaming their existence from a mile away. They age and weather, becoming more like the surroundings over time.

This photo gallery is of some log buildings dating from the early 1900’s. Some of them have had updates such as tin roofs, but the main construction is intact.

Click on any photo to view the slides in high resolution.

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4 Comments Add yours

    1. wyominglife says:

      Thanks! I don’t know why I like to investigate these old building so much. I guess it gets me thinking about what it would have been like to live here in the late 1800’s, early 1900’s. There are places not very far from Casper that were still without phones or power into the 1950’s, so the simple life was not all that long ago. The homestead in the photos never got power, but people lived there year round until the 1950’s I think. After that, people lived there for part of the summer months to take care of cattle.

  1. I love these photos. I am so fascinated with all the old homesteads I’ve seen in Wyoming, and always want to get out and explore and take photos. These are great!

    1. wyominglife says:

      @ Mind Margins. I wish I had been more mindful to take photos of all the homesteads I’ve driven past. I especially like the ones with the buildings made out of the rock. After all these years, they still look amazing. And to think of the WORK they represent. It boggles the mind.

      Thanks for stopping by. I’ve been enjoying your blog.

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