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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"C" Is For Cabin

 "There are elements of intrinsic beauty in the simplification of a house built on the log cabin idea..."
Gustav Stickley
 It all started with a set of Lincoln Logs...I would sit on the floor with legs crossed and build a little log cabin, make up stories in my head, take the logs apart and rebuild in a different layout...maybe someday I would live in a real cabin...that first (circa 1940's) set is long gone now & that dream came true.
This is a group of logs from the '70's that our son grew up with...





He often talks about living in a log cabin someday...

High on a shelf in the sunroom sits a tiny cabin my brother made for me years ago. The roof lifts off and there is even a Christmas wreath on the front door.
While out for a drive recently, not too far from home, I came across an old, abandoned cabin which was in the middle of a field. It appeared to be melting into the ground around it...
Closed and no longer occupied, it looked lonely and forlorn and I wondered what its story was. In an age of manufactured homes, the idea of harvesting logs from the land and removing the bark, hewing and fitting them into place, all by hand, is so foreign to most of us.Our area is still sparsely populated and the homesteaders who lived there years ago were surrounded by deep forests and abundant wildlife. I hope they had a good life.
On our travels we have come across other memorable cabins....this tiny one room log cabin, which nestled into the hillside, was in danger of disappearing because of the new highway being built that runs around the shores of Lake Kluane in the Yukon. 
A photo of a photo! This from our scrapbook.
On our 3rd trip to Alaska in 2010, the little cabin was still there, a testament to its ability to weather heavy winter snows and blowing winds off the huge lake and the advancement of road construction.

Last September as we approached the Alberta/Montana border, this wonderful cabin caught our eye. Judging from the lack of windows and wide doorway, it might have been used for housing early farm equipment...or perhaps shelter for animals?
Hope you have enjoyed visiting these old cabins and that you also wonder what their history is...
Be sure to visit the "C" postings over at Miss Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday.









28 comments:

Linda @ A La Carte said...

There is something about a cabin that is special.

Shirley said...

I've always been drawn to log cabins too. I've never lived in one though.

ellen b said...

I've enjoyed seeing cabins ever since I read the Little House on the Prairie series when I was little. These are some great ones you spotted...

Cherry Red Quilter said...

I love log cabins - they aren't really the thing in Oz but when i lived in Connecticut there was one near my girlfriend's house and i used to wish I could go in and check it out. It looked wonderful in winter all surrounded by snow and lit up on the inside - sigh! And I bought a set of Lincoln logs back with me.

Lucy said...

What a very nice post! Love the simplicity of Cabins

Andy said...

Hello.
WoW! Those cabins were definitely made to last. I agree with ellen b...they remind me of Little House On the Prairie.
Lovely post & awesome photos!
Thanks for sharing & visiting. I appreciate the comment.

Cry Not For Me

Diane said...

I have always loved log cabins/homes and I too had a set of Lincoln Logs I loved to play with as a child and my boys have a set though it's been a long time since anyone played with them.

Perfect letter C post! :)

Maggie said...

So enjoyed seeing these old timers, what stories they could tell!
Happy AT.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

We are going to stay in a cabin at Mount Magazine in Arkansas with family for Thanksgiving. It should be lots of fun.

Sue said...

I love the homey, rough hewn atmosphere of a cabin. Thanks for sharing these pics!

=)

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Barbara F. said...

There is just something so cozy and inviting about a cabin, I would love to have a log cabin home in the mountains somewhere......(sigh(). Thanks for stopping by. xo

lemonverbenalady said...

I do love a good log cabin. If we could find a decent one to rehab...oh, well, I will just be happy to rehab the house I have. Front door tomorrow. It's going to be cool but dry. I told the Herbal Husband to bundle up and get ready! Then on to a new bathroom downstairs and then rehabbing the upstairs bath and then the kitchen! I'm determined! Stickley one of our favorite designers. Great post, TO!

anitamombanita said...

my husband is "cabin-struck"...anything to do with old cabins are right up his alley. He built a cabin in Idaho, using lumber he cleared from the land. It's pretty fun to go visit and I must admit that I've become quite the fan too.

corina said...

Love the pictures, thanks for sharing. There was a PBS program called Pioneer Quest filmed here in Manitoba. It chronicled 2 couples as they spent a year living like the pioneers. I had a chance to to visit their cabins. Really amazing how people lived back in the "old days".

Stacia said...

These are wonderful! I love the idea of imagining each cabin's story.

Pondside said...

I love log houses - a friend built one from logs off his land and I just love to be inside it.
When we lived in Alberta I used to love to see the old farms with their log outbuildings.

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

Is there anything more charming and romantic that the sight of a cabin? It lends itself to all kinds of flights of fancy.

Judie said...

My husband would love to have a log house. Oh, and I have visited the Kluane Wilderness area. It is amazing!!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Love your cabin photos and would especially love to know the stories behind the old ones you show here. ...as I was reading your post, I was wondering if at the end you would possibly share a photo of alog cabin quilt wen by you.

Blessings & Aloha!
And thank you for stopping over! Yes, we have such exciting days ahead :o)

Emille said...

I'm envious! Not many log cabins in the Los Angeles area! Thanks for sharing and visiting my Alphabe:)

Cheryl D. said...

Cool cabins! I had a set of Lincoln logs when I was a kid. I loved putting them together, but eventually stopped because it seemed whenever I worked with them, a large spider would run toward them. Freaked me out after awhile! LOL

Friko said...

Very picturesque, but It's hard to believe that whole families lived in these tiny cabins. Or maybe not?

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

I always wonder what stories this old buildings could tell. We have many in our area. I have an uncle who built his own log house and oh the work. I can't imagine what it would have been like so long ago.
Dana

Barb said...

Thanks for a wonderful tour. I love the LC your brother made, and how nice that you still have it!
We have 3 log homes (modern) on the family farm in Illinois. It's somewhere on my blog. I love log homes they are simple and beautiful!
Do you also like making LC quilts?

Vicki/Jake said...

If only they could talk....

Jenny said...

What an enchanting post!

Wow. You and I totally need to hang out. Whenever we drive across the country I am drawn to the abandoned buildings, filled with memories and forgotten.

What a beautiful, beautiful link to the letter C.

I am wondering what their stories are, too.

Thanks for sharing this.

A+

Carrie P. said...

I did enjoy this post. I hate to see abandoned homes.
My husband and I talked about building a log cabin for many years but we will probably build a timber frame instead, less maintenance.