N. K. Boswell Ranch

Also known as: Boswell Ranch
S of Woods Landing off WY 230, Woods Landing, Wyoming



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. -- Historic American Buildings Survey

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 21, 1977
Reference number
NR name
Boswell, N. K., Ranch
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Log Cabin style
Areas of significance
Commerce; Transportation; Exploration/Settlement; Law; Politics/Government; Architecture; Communications; Agriculture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Agricultural outbuildings; Agricultural fields; Animal facility
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 24


Albany County, Wyoming (43)
House (27,795)
Log (2,404)
Woods Landing, Wyoming (3)
Wyoming (571)