Monday, June 13, 2016

Log Cabins at Camp Irondale, Mo.

Here with the St Louis Zoo's Merlin Perkins.

And a log Adironcack shelter

A friend of mine use to call these 'Twiggers' - log cabin motels

When routes like the famous Rt 66 started transporting vacationers further away from home, small log cabin motels started to spring up.
Fairly inexpensive to put up and maintain they offered a rustic retreat for families on the road.

Some of my earliest vacation memories (which I have written about in earlier posts) were spent in a log cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks.

This weekend while driving to a birthday party for daughter in one of the busier sections of our fair town I came across the following log structures.

 While I don't know the history of these particular buildings, the style and the fact that a number appears on one of the doors would suggest at one time it was a road side motel/cottage.

A number 3 is on the front door of this one.
 These next 3 images are different views of the above cabin.

Usually made of smaller cedar or pine logs, not much effort was put into hewing the logs or making them uniform. You can see that in the wavy chinking.
Small logs were easy to find, easy to move and lift.

Where some of the older hewn logs took about 5 or 6 logs to make one story, these take about 12 or 13.

 This is the second cabin.
 The two shown together.
 This is the cabin at the entrance of the place. The third cabin.
I would suggest it wast the office for the motel complex at one time witht he bigger front window and front porch.

All three are in good shape and well taken care of.

Following are a few more log cabin road side stops.

And a couple from my childhood vacation area, Osage Beach Mo.

And the next one is the vacation one we used in the 60's.

Dad on the porch and brother in the chair.

And here is the post card from the camp.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Not in my home county after all, but really cool old cabin. Marrs Log House Kentucky.

Theodore Roosevelt's cabin at his Maltese Cross Ranch

Roosevelt’s Maltese Cross Ranch 
Before moving and restoration.


 Here it is in it's original location.
Here it is in 1904 at the St Louis Worlds Fair at a time when it was traveling around the country on display.

TR's Elkhorn Ranch was also a log cabin, but, alas was not saved.

I will have to go back because I missed it when I went in '76

Black Mountain cabin Philmont Scout Ranch.

 Said to have been built in the 1890's