Princeton-educated Struthers Burt was a popular writer whose book, The Diary of a Dude Wrangler, inspired a whole new generation of dude ranchers. Burt was originally opposed to the creation of a national park in Jackson Hole. However, by the 1920s, Burt used his power of the pen in national publications to lobby for the protection of the scenic qualities of Jackson Hole. Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum.
Struthers Burt graduated from Princeton University in 1904. In 1908 he moved to Wyoming and founded the JY Ranch with Louis Joy. This ranch ultimately became the famous Rockefeller Ranch of the same name (the JY). In 1912, following a dispute with Louis Joy, he established the Bar BC Bar B C Ranch, a dude ranch. He met and married his wife, Katherine Newlin Burt an author of Western novels, in the same year. Burt's son, Nathaniel Burt, was also a published writer.
Struthers was one of the people who led ultimately to the establishment of Grand Teton National Park when, in 1923, he met with other like-minded individuals at Maud Noble's cabin and began the process of gathering support to have the area come under protection by the Federal Government.
His papers are housed at Princeton University.
The Diary of a Dude Wrangler
Published in 1924 and written by Struthers Burt, this book is dedicated to all the dudes, cow-punchers, ranchers and horses the author has met. ( by the way, a cow-puncher is another term for a cowboy!)
Struthers Burt was a noted writer and rancher that lived in the early twentieth century. He taught writing at Princeton University. His personal papers are located at Princeton University and the collection includes various copies of some of Burt’s own works, correspondence with family and friends from his days at Princeton University, and assorted materials about his family and genealogy.
The Last paragraph from the book is quite poignant when read in the context of our environment in 2012:
“I have said that the old West is still there, and so it is, and I have said that in many places it will continue to exist, and that is true, also, but I am afraid for my own country unless some help is given it – some wise direction. It is too beautiful and now too famous. Sometimes I dream of it unhappily. And when my blood sirs in my dreams I think that somewhere the blood of my uncle and my great-grandfather must be stirring, too."
Words from the Wild
Cadre of accomplished writers discovered Jackson Hole early on
BY ELIZABETH CLAIR FLOOD
|This cabin, numbered 18 on the jamb, is one of the buildings on the property that was recently stabilized to preserve it for future restoration. |
The cabin has a new roof and several new support timbers for the roof while the walls still show the wear of their age.