About Geiger Cabin
Welcome to the Geiger Cabin. We hope your stay is relaxing and renewing for your mind, body, spirit and senses.
The existing cabin structure formerly known as the Knebel Cabin was rebuilt in 1962 by Dr. John Knebel and John Allen. Notice the record penciled on the inside wall of the cabin to the right of the front door. Dr. John was physician in Buffalo but as you will notice when you look around the cabin, he was also an exceptional carpenter, blacksmith and craftsman.
He built the cabin and most of the nick knacks (decoys) including the kitchen and dining room tables. The original cabin whose foundation and fireplace are still located in the front yard, burned down after Dr. John’s dad (also Dr. John) drank a little too much whiskey and fell asleep while heating tar to repair the roof. The original cabin was built in 1915 and served primarily as a hunter’s cabin and man cave. After the original Knebel cabin burned down Bill Kirven and Dr. John senior went to Laramie to make a case to the Forest Service to allow a new cabin to be constructed. At that time, if a cabin burned down you were not permitted to rebuild.
The support of the community for Dr. John and Bill Kirven prevailed and the current structure was built. All of the logs used in the construction of the current cabin came from this area and were milled in Buffalo. Dr. John’s presence is symbolized by a pair of his shoes that hang from one of the beams. The shower house was built in 2010. All of the materials were transported from Ohio and built by a Mennonite guy from Cincinnati and his two sons. A long hot shower in the mountains is about as gnnood as it gets. The Geiger Cabin is located in the center of some of the best elk hunting anywhere in the West. You will most likely see wildlife. Moose are frequently spotted in the area surrounding the cabin. Don’t worry about snakes, bears or mountain lions, you won’t see them… I hope!
The miller’s aka moth’s presence is sometimes more pronounced than other times. If you find them to be a nuisance just place a bowl of soapy water under a lit lamp and they will find their way into it. Sudden death, thank God!
The elk mount “Smiley” was harvested by Robert Hanson from Wapiti just east of Yellowstone. The bull Bison mount was also taken by a Robert Hanson a hunter of significant reputation and respect. It is a majestic bull!
The Celley Cabin
The Celley Cabin next door is owned by Jo Lee Herschelman. She is usually a resident of her cabin all summer long. Her dog’s name is Wally. She is a delightful woman who knows a great deal of the history surrounding the cabins, having grown up in Buffalo as a child. She is there if you need her for anything. If you are lucky she will make some donuts and/or blueberry pancakes for you. If she does, offer to do her dishes she has no running water, amazing!
The Geiger Cabin features one of the best outhouses in the West! The “Destroylet” “The Tajmahal of the Bighorns” warms your buns while you do your business. Don’t worry about flushing! But make certain you close the lid- it won’t work if you don’t.