Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer at the cabin.. . .

Nothing new out there, just some summer pictures till I get some new cabins.
Enjoy your summer.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ft. Zumwalt update - July 2014

 I drive through the park every so often to see how the progress is going.
And I was pleasantly surprised yet again.

I the fore ground you can see some hewn logs arranged like another cabin is going up.
Jesse is either shaping, cutting and fitting the logs before raising them and the far west end (so he doesn't have to raise and lower them more than once), or it is a display for a festival this weekend.
I am going with the former.
 From the east-north east end.
From the north east.
You can see some progress on the far end second story.
 A closer look at this tidy building.
 You can now see floor joists in both the middle section and the west section.

 A closer look at the joists and how they fit.
he will trim the lengths before chinking.
 The logs above the fireplace on the west building.
 Same mantle from the middle room.
This, the eastern most of the three, would make a nice little cabin on it's own.

Not how the top shingles over hang the ridge?
This is done with the prevailing wind, before we had ridge caps or tin for roofing.
This is just one of a couple ways to do it, and, like the structure, very old school.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Portland Mo Expedition 6/2014 - a new 'old' log cabin.

 Wed. found me taking the day off so we could get daughter to VBS.
Which left daughter and I with a free afternoon to go on one of our 'expeditions'.
Which usually involves me dragging her to old towns and buildings.
I think she likes it.
Today took us through some of the prettiest country in Missouri, Hwy '94'.
This old service station is still in use in Defiance.
 Hopefully this old store will get new life along the Katy Trail.
Peers Mo.
 A neat old store and bank that up till recently was empty but still had all its old counters and shelves is in Treloar Mo.
 Daughter looking in the old store.
This elevator is also in Treloar.
The painting on the side is done by the brother of our good friend Michael Haynes, Bryan did this painting for the Katy Trail.
 Almost over grown along '94'.
This building was the purpose of our quest.
An old log building I had heard about on facebook.

Although much of the front structure is beyond repair, there are some neat features.
 You can see on the main structure where a window and the fireplace had been covered up.
 May hand is in the picture to indicate how thick the logs are.

 Very nice stones for the front steps.
Most of the damage to the structure is from water coming in where the main structure contacts to the middle room.
The dark logs indicate water damage.

I would love to know the history of the construction. The fireplace on the back room is very large for such a room.
My guess would be that one or more of these cabins had been moved previously, a long time ago and rebuilt together.
It is not unusual for settlers to move cabins (a lot easier than building another) once they found a better location for a more permanent home.
The foundation is very nice on this whole building.
The building was not open, so we did not get to explore the inside.
 We had plenty of time on our drive home so we made a few more stops.

St. Antony's church, Warren County.
 The inside, and it is still used.
 The rear, from near the outhouse.
Yes, it still has an outhouse.

 St. John's UCC.
 Of course, you have to stop at all old caboose's that serve Ice Cream. It is a requirement.
One more, again near Augusta.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Update on the Ft. Zumwalt project. . .

An update on the reconstruction of the Ft. Zumwalt site.

Not much had been done over the last year, when we visited it,

but they are finally at it again. . .

 You can see the latest work done by the lighter color of the logs in the new work.
 Second story has been started on the western most cabin.
 More logs in on the north side of the middle cabin also.

 Close up of the tongue and grove construction of the middle cabin.
 Even closer view.
North walls.
Won't be long now.

Friday, April 11, 2014

While up at the farm - I found this nice little remuddle.

While up at the farm this weekend, I got a chance to explore some of the old re-buildings at the counties fairgrounds.

This little structure had been rebuilt from other logs and made to function as part of the 'tourist' attraction when they have ole timey events on the grounds.
So it can't be faulted to much for how it looks.
A little to 'Lil Abner' for my taste, but it serves it's purpose and it saved some logs.

Also on site is an old caboose in need of some love.
But it is not beyond repair.