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The papers of this collections were donated by Moore's widow, Marion Moore, in 1972.


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[Identification of item], Charles C. Moore Papers, CONS155, Conservation Collection, The Denver Public Library.


Number of Boxes: 3




Claudia Jensen

October 2006


Ellen Zazzarino


Charles Cornell Moore was born on February 3, 1880 at Fort Washakie, Wyoming. His father, James Moore, having served as a page in the U.S. Senate and Bailiff in the U.S. Supreme Court under the Lincoln Administration, headed West in 1864 to the gold fields of Virginia City, Montana. He soon moved on to Bear River, Utah working as station agent, then opened up a mercantile business. In November 1868 Moore moved to Fort Bridger Trading Post working for William Alexander Carter. He then received an appointment as Post Trader at Fort Washakie (known earlier as Camp Augur, then Camp Brown). James Moore married Nevada (Veda) Cornell and settled in the Wind River Valley. They began acquiring land in California, establishing a family home in Acampo, California, where they settled permanently in 1907. Four children survived to adulthood, James K., Charles Cornell, Annie B. and Mary Virginia.

Charles attended public school briefly in California from 1891-1892 and Hoitt's Oak Grove School in 1893. In 1894, Charles and his brother James K. attended the Cheltenham Military Academy in Philadelphia. A lawyer by training, Charles practiced only briefly, returning to Wyoming and ranch life in 1907, opening his first Rocky Mountain Boys Camp, where he guided pack trips into the wilderness areas of Yellowstone Park. He later purchased land near Dubois, Wyoming and established the C-M Dude Ranch. He continued running the dude ranch until his retirement to California in 1952.

Moore was very active in politics and community organizations. He served two terms in the Wyoming legislature and was a member of the American National Livestock Association, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, the Dude Ranchers Association, the Izaak Walton League of America and the Shoshone National Forest Advisory Council. He also served on the Secretary of the Interior's Advisory Committee on Conservation.

Selling the C-M Dude Ranch in 1952, Charles and his wife retired to California, returning to the ranch each summer. Charles Moore died in October of 1971 at the age of 91.


The collection contains correspondence to and from Moore, speeches, testimony, articles, and newspaper clippings reflecting the conservation issues of the day. The preservation of the Jackson Hole National Monument and Grand Teton National Park is the subject of much of the correspondence, along with Moore's testimony before a U.S. House subcommittee on public lands.

Moore strongly opposed legislation aimed at allowing grazing permit holders to purchase public lands. When he learned that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was supporting this legislation, he joined the organization hoping to be more effective as a member and to change their policy. Many of the newspaper clippings and correspondence are devoted to this subject. He also opposed the Wyoming Lake Solitude Dam project. Other subjects of his correspondence include water rights, dams, mining, fencing and predator control. There is little of personal nature in the collection.


  • James K. Moore Papers, WH990


This series is comprised of Moore's correspondence with many persons over the issues of public land management, grazing, dams and the Jackson Hole National Monument. Also included are some subject files and newspaper clippings.

SERIES 2 AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIAL, 1968-1972 AV Envelope 1 :

A number of interviews with Charles Moore were recorded in the 1960s and 1970s, in which he relates many of his life stories. This recording is a compilation of those conversations, not in chronological order, and brought together after his death in 1971.



  • Moore, Charles C. (Charles Cornell), 1880-1971 -- Archives.
  • Dude ranchers -- Wyoming.
  • Conservationists -- Wyoming.
  • Public lands -- Wyoming.