Famous printmaker and poet Hans Kleiber was drawn to the West like many artists in the early 1900s. However, unlike many famous artists and writers who came, created and left — like Ernest Hemingway — he made the West his permanent home.

Kleiber was born in Germany and moved to America at age 13, landing with his family in Massachusetts.

By 18, his fascination with Buffalo Bill and the adventures of Theodore Roosevelt in the Bighorn Mountains led him west.

Kleiber was a self-taught pencil and ink sketch artist. He is renowned for his waterfowl paintings, etched prints and wildlife and landscape scenes.

Sonja Caywood, a local artist and tour guide at the Hans Kleiber Studio Museum, said Kleiber arrived in the Dayton area around 1907 and remained there until his death in 1967 at age 80.

He held several jobs including tie hack and U.S. Forest Service ranger but took up his art full-time in about 1923.

Kleiber’s etchings have drawn a large number of collectors and spectators to the historic log cabin he built in Dayton, which remains as his studio and museum less than one mile from where it was originally built.

After his death, his family donated the cabin and a majority of the items inside to the town of Dayton. Most of the items currently on display in the museum including tables, desks, books, animal mounts, a printing press, paint, brushes and more, are original to the studio.


More information

• Location: Main Street in Dayton, WY, 82836

• Phone: 307-655-2217

• Website: www.facebook.com/hanskleiber.museum