Wapiti Meadow Ranch History
With the discovery in 1994 of a cache of six thousand year old tools,
the history of Wapiti Meadow and the knowledge of human habitation in
the mountains of Idaho has been extended by millennia. This major
archaeological find has spawned a series of "digs" at the ranch by
trained professionals who are piecing together the life patterns of
these first Americans, ancestors of the Incas, Mayans and Aztecs.
thousands of years the mystique of the valley has attracted
adventurous men and women; Indians, miners, trappers and
homesteaders. In the early 1920's a gold-seeking homesteader sold
his stake to Clark Cox. He and his wife, Beulah bought the homestead
and with the help of their son Lafe, built the grand log and stone
lodge. Thus began one of the first dude ranches of the Northwest. In
the five decades that followed, the ranch grew steadily and became a
warm and welcoming vacation retreat.
The main lodge and many outbuildings were hand-hewn by the cox
family in the late 1920's and renovated and refurbished in the
1990's by Diana and Barry: Bryant current onwer/manager. Upon retirement, Lafe and his wife Emma
sold The Old Cox Dude Ranch. Now completely renovated, Diana added
the amenities that made it into the ultimate wilderness retreat.
A 21st century experience in a 19th century setting.