The UXU Guest Ranch History In operation since 1923
The UXU Ranch is a historic dude ranch in Shoshone National Forest near Wapiti, Wyoming. The ranch began as a sawmill, as early as 1898. In 1929 Bronson Case "Bob" Rumsey obtained a permit from the U.S. Forest Service to operate a dude ranch on the property, using the sawmill headquarters building, a lodge, and tent cabins. Most of the current structures were built in the 1920's and 1930's from lumber milled on the site.
Initial accommodations were tent cabins, with permanent cabins built in the 1930s from local lumber sawn on site. For much of the ranch’s history the only access to the lodge and cabins from the road was across a footbridge. A camelback truss bridge was relocated to the site in 1969 to provide vehicular access. The ranch has changed hands a number of times since the Bronson’s tenure, but remains one of the most authentic examples of a working dude ranch in Wyoming.
The main lodge dates to the late 1920s. The irregular one story log building stands on a concrete and stone foundation. The lodge borrows details from the Old Faithful Inn for the entrance porch and deck. The interior features peeled log finishes. Guest cabins are typically log cabins on stone foundations. Other buildings from the period of significance include an outhouse and a root cellar.
The ranch was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.
More History Origins of the UXU Guest Ranch
In February 1929, Bob Rumsey, a Yale graduate and founder of the original guest ranch had experience in education, cattle ranching, dairy farming, politics and dude ranching. Rumsey’s father, Bronson Rumsey II was one of the founding fathers of Cody, Wyoming.
As local legend has it, Rumsey and his wife, Elizabeth, operated a boys camp a few miles up the road from what is now the UXU Ranch. Their marriage soured and ended in a bitter divorce. Bob moved down river and started his own ranch. He called it the “U Bitch U” Ranch so that each time his ex-wife made the trip to Cody and back she would see the sign. Due to the fact that the ranch is located in the Shoshone National Forest, the rangers would not allow such a sign and so they came by and painted an “X” over the offensive word and the UXU Ranch was born!
The UXU Guest Ranch has been in operation as a Dude Ranch since 1929 when the original owner Bob Rumsey began hosting families at his Ranch. Since that time, the UXU has been operated by several different families and gone through several changes and a few owners.
Most recently, with the change over of ownership, upgrades throughout the Ranch are noticeable and continuing. Everything, from upgraded roads, cabins, solid wood floors , new log beds and dining furniture to menus, wines, horses and activities have begun and will continue throughout his focus on long term family ownership of this the most beautiful ranch in the region.
The Ranch operates within the Shoshone National Forest and is privately owned and operates under agreement with the Shoshone Forest Service. A Federal Government Department.
Links of Interest A few links about the ranch you may want to read...
National Register of Historic Places
Cody Night Rodeo
City of Cody, Wyoming
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