Built in two stages between 1922 and 1923 by Harry "Hoot" Jones, the Brooklyn Lodge is a historic log cabin located about seven miles west of Centennial, Wyoming along Highway 130. The lodge was named after the nearby Brooklyn lake and was built to be a dude ranch, were visitors could participate in the tasks of daily, rural life and also enjoy the surrounding countryside. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. The lodge is now the Brooklyn Lodge Bed & Breakfast.
The Brooklyn Lodge today. Credit: The Brooklyn Lodge Bed and Breakfast.
Backstory and Context
Harry "Hoot" Jones was born in 1882 and became one of the best rodeo performers in the Rock Mountains. After World War I, there was a strong demand for places in the country where visitors could rest and relax. Jones decided to build his own dude ranch and it opened to guests in 1924. The Jones family ran the business until the 1930s.
Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office - "Brooklyn Lodge," http://wyoshpo.state.wy.us/NationalRegister/Site.aspx?ID=13. Retrieved 5-12-15. McWiliams, Carl. "Brooklyn Lodge," http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/nrhp/text/89001068.PDF. 5-12-15.