Thursday, 27 October 2011 06:55
The Double Dee Stabilization Project
Park County Wyoming
West View of Garage Structure (6/2011) West View of Garage Structure (9/2011)
The Double Dee is located at an elevation of 8,208 feet in the Absaroka Mountains of Park County, Wyoming. It was established by Carl Dunrud and operated as a dude ranch from 1931 to 1945. The ranch enjoyed moderate success as a remote escape with activities for recreation and relaxation. Many famous guests were entertained there, including Amelia Earhart. In 1957, Dunrud sold his properties to Texan, Duke Wilson. In 1962, the American Metals Climax Mining Company (AMAX) bought the Double Dee and Kirwin properties from Wilson with plans to mine a rich copper deposit beneath Spar Mountain. The Double Dee served as the mine headquarters.
In March 2008, the North Zone of the SNF, in partnership with the state of Wyoming, Abandoned Mines Lands Division (AML), proposed to implement stabilization actions to mitigate structural hazards at the Double Dee. The proposed work involves the stabilization of the Double Dee lodge and associated garage to the standards set forth by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. RESPEC was retained by the AML to prepare a stabilization design plan to mitigate the hazards at the Double Dee.
As provided through AML Project 17.32—Statewide Construction Contract, Task Order No. 7-11 between AML and J. Wright Companies, Inc., stabilization work began on July 15, 2011, and was substantially completed on September 16, 2011.