It’s no secret that we have a bit of a tiny home obsession. We just can’t help but be curious about small living. And we’ve come across many amazing spaces, but one of our favorite ones for sale was an authentic, 224-square-foot Yellowstone cabin that was on the market for a mere $37,500.
We knew this little piece of history had an interesting backstory... we just didn’t know what it was. But we were extremely lucky when owner Anthony Pipolo reached out to us after seeing his property on our site. He was as eager to share the history of this mini-structure as we were to hear his story.
When Pipolo originally came across the home, it was love at first sight. The previous owner was about to destroy it (citing its then poor condition as the reason), but Pipolo couldn’t let that happen. “My heart sunk,” he told us. “I knew it had potential, as long as it wasn’t falling apart.”
So Pipolo bought the home in 1999 and renovated the inside, leaving the exterior completely untouched to preserve the history of the Yellowstone Park experience during the mid-1900s. While redoing the interior, he found handwritten notes on the wall by the stove. It was 30 years worth of signatures of those who had stayed there -- including one that read “John F. Kennedy, 1959.”
It’s hard to know for sure if the signature really was from our 35th President, but Pipolo said he was known to frequent Yellowstone. “If he was there, why wouldn't he sign it like everyone else did?” he asked.
This only made us wonder even more why Yellowstone would sell a piece of history -- even if it was in poor shape. We reached out to Dan Hottle, a public affairs agent at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, who said that the parks currently do not sell the cabins to the public. It is possible, however, that Pipolo’s home was moved out of the park decades ago and rebuilt. Which, from what we can gather, seems to be exactly what happened.
Now, one other question lingers: Why would he want to part with this cabin? Well the truth is that Pipolo, being a contractor by trade, wants to build a modern home for his family to enjoy. The parting, however, is a little bittersweet (despite any profit). “It’s one of a kind,” he said. “We know we won’t find another place that has its charm.”
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