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 Geiger 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 Knebel Cabin whose back porch 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 Forest Service permit 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. Through the help and generosity of John and Michael Knebel the Knebel Cabin was purchased. Many improvements were made in the early years after the purchase. The shower house was built in 2010. All of the materials were transported from Ohio and built by a Mennonite man from Cincinnati and his two sons. A long hot shower in the mountains is about as good as it gets. The Geiger Cabin is located in the breeding grounds of Elk and is 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 cabins. Don’t worry about snakes, bears or mountain lions, you won’t see them…I hope! Grizzly bears are not present in the Big Horns!
The Geiger Cabin features one of the best outhouses in the West! The “Jiffy Poop” “The Tajmahal of the Bighorns” is space station technology that makes the experience of doing your business truly out of this world! If you see a red line it’s time to replace the cartridge. Follow the instructions in the Outhouse.
The millers aka moths presence occurs typically during June and July. Certain years their presence is more pronounced than others. If you find them to be a nuisance just place a bowl of soapy water under a lighted lamp and they will find their way into it. Simply change the soapy water each day.
The elk mount “Smiley” was harvested by Robert Hanson from Wapiti just east of Yellowstone. The bull Bison mount “Big Head” was also taken by a Robert Hanson a hunter of significant world reputation and respect. It is a majestic bull!
The Celley Cabin
The small cabin to the South is the Celley Cabin. It was previously owned by Jo Lee Herschelman for many years and is now owned by her niece Anne Hensley, a resident of Buffalo. Jo Lee was an annual resident of her cabin all summer long for many years. She was a delightful woman who knew a great deal of the history surrounding the cabins, having grown up in Buffalo as a child and spent countless summers in the Bighorn Mountains. If you were lucky enough to experience her mountain donuts and/or blueberry pancakes you will never forget them. Her cabin has no running water which makes it all the more amazing!