Monday, March 25, 2013

A couple from this weekends snow.

Saturday evening was cloudy and in the 50's.
Before I went hiking I started a fire.
A nice night, except I heard it start raining about 1 a.m.

By about 7 a.m. the rain turned to snow. At 7:30 a light dusting.
And then it just kept snowing.
And snowing.. .. .. ..

By the end of it all we had about 12 inches of snow yesterday.

It sure was pretty.

Friday, March 22, 2013

The 'Log' buildings at Disney 2013

 Whether made out of log or other material, there is some great detail in all the 'log' buildings in Disney.

 Fixer upper.
 This one and the next are in 'Canada' at EPCOT.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Log Cabins Fredericktown Mo 3/13

Daughter and I headed down to the river the day before we left for Disney to deliver Girl Scout Cookies and help set up for our kayak races.

I first took her to where I like to go for breakfast when I go boating. It was her first visit.
Never going to earn any Michelin Stars, it is a homey place filled with locals. If you get there before the smokers, they have a great omelet.

After breakfast we were still early for set-up, so we scouted the local log cabins in town.

 Two have been reconstructed near the old town square, and are up high and dry for future generations.
 Both are fairly small, perhaps used as outbuildings or worker/slave cabins at one time.

No postings tell of the history of either building.

 Both have dove-tail notches.

In looked like at one time they were planned as small museums (some old furniture inside), but now don't look much used.

 Fredricktown seems to be having a little bit of a rebirth for it looks in better shape now than it did twenty years ago when I first started boating.

Some nice old houses in town.

 County court house on the town square.
Some nice old business buildings still standing.

Like most small towns, the highway came in to far away from town to help it, and a Walmart moved in next to the highway.

 We did deliver the cookies and helped with the race course setup.
On our drive home I found this barn that is going to require further exploration on another day.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Local history. . . St Peters

 This cabin actually use to be on my old mail route and I remember it as the old farmers house that probably sold off most of the land that became subdivisions on that part of my route.

It didn't look like this then, but instead was enclosed in clap board siding.
 A little history of St Peters.
 I followed the process of it's dismantling, moving and rebuilding over the years.

St Peters saved it when the land was being turned into a Veterans Memorial.

It was stored under cover for many years before being rebuilt.
 Notching is very typical for the area.

 Considering how much time and material and land was donated to the project I was always surprised when it was reported at one point the reconstruction cost was over $100,000.00 and they still were in need of more money.

I can just imagine what I could have done to my place with $100,000.00.

It is now used as an education center for the towns history.

I have always believed they went over board with all the porches and woodwork on the out side, but I would imagine much of that had to do with changes done to the logs over the years as the original house expanded.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Some log buildings from Breckenridge Colo.

 Spent the week playing in the snow in Breckenridge Colo. last week and had a little time to explore log buildings in town.

This one is not log, but shows how colorful the town is.
 Rich in mining history, reminders are everywhere.
 Main St.
 There are many, many log structures in Breckenridge.
Must re-purposed into functional use.

One of the towns many museums.
The Edwin Carter Cabin.

 Although most of the buildings on Main St. are fixed up and in use, a couple are still waiting their turn.

Probable log underneath all that other stuff.
 A well maintained one.
 Closer look showing how the front is made more appealing.

 Same one. Not in use at this time.
 Close up.
 One side had even survived a fire from it's neighbor.

 Colorful front, simple, but beautiful side.

 Even the new visitors center incorporated log.
 Two side by side.
 In town were also several wonderful old churches.
 This very small, perhaps 8' x 8', cabin belonged at one time to a
hermit/preacher of a nearby church.

Many of the houses in town would look like this one if you took off the sidings.