Wyoming is a very interesting part of the United States. It reflects natural diversities that not many other places in the country can replicate. In the extreme North West corner of the state is the majority of Yellowstone National Park and also the Grand Teton National Park. While most of the western part of the state is mountainous terrain, the eastern section is High Plains- flat land with a high elevation. Gorgeous rivers, such as the Snake River and the Yellowstone River, flow through the countryside. Both have been made famous by fly fishermen. And just as at home in these surrounding is Wyoming log homes.
Places like Swan Valley, Jackson Hole, and Cody abound in log homes. Just outside of Cody there is a huge subdivision of log and timber homes. No standard construction buildings are allowed in the subdivision. Here is a timber frame home we did in Cody. It is built with a timber frame and covered in SIP panels.
Other work in Cody Wyoming has included assisting with the dormitory at the local collage. This is a huge 40,000 square foot structure that is also a SIP panel building. Our two cranes are visible here standing next to the commercial building during construction.
Also in Cody we took time to build this restaurant on the main street.
While being the very least populated state in the Union, Wyoming is a haven for vacationers, skiers, fishing, and hunting. Native big game such as elk, antelope, grizzlies, and mule deer attract people year after year. Log homes in Wyoming can range from small hunting cabins up to large rambling ski home and log lodges.
The rest of our article details our first visit to Wyoming~
I remember our first family trip through Wyoming in 2004. We began in Billings, Montana. Then we drove south towards Cody, Wyoming. That is one of my favorite small cities. With a Wild West feel, dry arid climate, and wide open skies it captured my attention. I remember driving towards the Cody Wyoming entrance to Yellowstone and passing entire subdivisions with only log cabins. Even the commercial buildings were log. It was amazing how the terrain could go from mountains in the distance, to flat dry prairies, and then snow flying in Yellowstone. Somewhere between Billings and Cody, Wyoming we stopped and saw an abandoned mining operation. Vintage log cabins dotted the landscape. A slice carried water from the river towards on of the cabins.
As the road followed West towards the park the Holy City soon came into view. Huge spires and rock cliffs stretched out towards the sky. This was a very unique place in deed. When we entered the park we saw our first buffalo. That was an exciting moment. After a few more days passed, and a few hundred buffalo, we realized how silly it had been that first day in he pouring rain to jump out of the van in the rain to get shots of one lone bull!
On day three we came upon Old Faithful Inn. Never was my view of luxury log homes more transformed than through viewing this massive towering log castle. Four or five stories high, and built out of native handcrafted logs, a home like no other. The fires of 1988 almost wiped it out, but firefighters fought bravely to preserve this national landmark.
Heading South in the park we left Yellowstone, traveled a short corridor and entered the Grand Teton National Park. Jackson Hole, Wyoming is the town which welcomes visitors to the south. This town was built with logs, skiing, and vacationers in mind. The Hillside Building is covered with our 4×12 handcrafted log siding. Here is a photo of it that I took two years ago when we revisited Jackson.
Wyoming is also home to a large air force base in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Cheyenne is the largest town in Wyoming, but only has a modest population of roughly 57,000 people. It is located in the High Plains.
Log homes just seem right in this setting. They can be found as earmarks of long ago mining camps. Sometimes they are old pioneer log homes which provided shelter to early American settlers. To reflect some of this love of the history of this place some just feel that it would be unthinkable to build anything other than a cabin for their Wyoming retreat.
I do have to laugh some inside when people describe a sprawling 6,000 square feet log homes as a “log cabin”. That is some luxury cabin! Another time I had a customer describe their dream home as a “Cowboy type home with logs and knotty wood”. Whatever you call them, log homes are simply part of a Western landscape that would be bare without them. Wyoming log homes help to capture the exact feel and charm of the Old West.