4 Lazy F Dude Ranch

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4 Lazy F Dude Ranch
4 Lazy F Dude Ranch Lodge.jpg
4 Lazy F Dude Ranch is located in Wyoming
4 Lazy F Dude Ranch
4 Lazy F Dude Ranch is located in the US
4 Lazy F Dude Ranch
Location Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, Teton County, Wyoming, USA
Nearest city Moose, Wyoming
Coordinates 43°40′3″N 110°42′27″W / 43.66750°N 110.70750°W / 43.66750; -110.70750Coordinates: 43°40′3″N 110°42′27″W / 43.66750°N 110.70750°W / 43.66750; -110.70750
Architect Frew,William
Architectural style Other
MPS Grand Teton National Park MPS
NRHP Reference # 90000611
Added to NRHP April 23, 1990[1]

The 4 Lazy F Ranch, also known as the Sun Star Ranch, is a dude ranch and summer residence in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, built by the William Frew family of Pittsburgh in 1927. The existing property was built as a family retreat, not as a cattle ranch, in a rustic style of construction using logs and board-and-batten techniques. The historic district includes seven cabins, a lodge, barn corral and smaller buildings on the west bank of the Snake River north of Moose, Wyoming.[2] The property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[1]


The ranch was first improved by Philadelphian Bryant Mears in 1914, building two log cabins, a small barn, corrals, fencing, a well and a ditch. Mears lived on the 18-acre (73,000 m2) property, which he called the Sun Star Ranch, during the winter of 1915, and in 1916 he raised oats, barley and hay. The following year he married, then left to join the Army from 1917 to 1919. In 1927 the ranch was sold by Edward Mears to William Frew.[3]

Frew was a wealthy dude from Pittsburgh, who renamed the ranch the 4 Lazy F for the "Four Lazy Frews". The family allowed paying guests by invitation only, operating the ranch as both a family retreat and a dude ranch.[3]


The ranch consists of seven cabins, a lodge-dining hall and a laundry-utility building, as well as a barn, garages, sheds and a corral. The ranch is sited on the west bank of the Snake River. All buildings are in the style known as "dude ranch vernacular", characterized by log construction and board-and-batten infill. Logs are generally varnished brown, but roofs are red or green asphalt roll roofing. Cabins are largely original construction with newer toilet additions to the rear. Interiors are intact with exposed logs in the walls and floors.[4]

The property is an inholding in Grand Teton National Park. The property was sold as a life estate by Emily Frew Oliver to the National Park Service.[3] The property will eventually revert to full National Park Service control.[5] The 4 Lazy F was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 23, 1990.[1]

See also[edit]

4 Lazy F barn


  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "4 Lazy F Dude Ranch". National Register of Historic Places. Wyoming State Preservation Office. 2008-08-12. 
  3. ^ a b c Dougherty, John (1999). "A Place Called Jackson Hole". Chapter 14: The Dude Wranglers. Grand Teton Natural History Association. p. 4. Archived from the original on 17 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  4. ^ Mehls, Steven F. (March 20, 1988). "National Register of Historic Places Nomination: 4 Lazy F Dude Ranch" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  5. ^ Kaiser, Harvey (1997). "Landmarks in the Landscape", San Francisco: Chronicle Books ISBN 0-8118-1854-3, p. 160

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