Friday, April 14, 2017

Movies . . . um, comic strips with Log Cabins.

Back in the day when comic strips were almost as important as the headline news, Lil Abner was one of the biggest.
Created by Al Capp it did what many strips did back then, masked social commentary with humor.

Set in the back woods of Kentucky, Dogpatch was everything you would expect of a parody of an Appalachian small town.

". . .  Dogpatch consisted mostly of hopelessly ramshackle log cabins, "tarnip" fields, pine trees and "hawg" wallows."

Lil Abner was made into several movies, the two most remembered are from 1940 and 1959.

This image is from the 1959 production.

While it was filmed in a sound studio as a musical, the cabin up on the hill is very interesting.

In 1968 Dogpatch USA opened in Ark.
It didn't last many years, and although several have tried to reopen it, it is at this time abandoned.
When building the theme park the developers rebuilt several old log cabins for the park.
These are pictures of them.

 If I am ever down that way I may see if I can find the place.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Log fix for the week - Lake Killarney Mo.

 I have not found the complete history of this place yet, . . but am working on it.

Camp Penuel was started in 1974, but I am guessing the building has been around longer than that.
Camps of this type were very popular in the 1930 and 40's, and sometimes before then.
 Made of local logs, probably cedar found near by.

All the logs are fairly small and about eight feet long.

I don't think it was a CCC project, but it appears much the same as one of those may have.
 This is a view from the entrance near the sign.
 Back side porch entrance.
 Same entrance but further out.

 Front view but other end.
 Only picture I could get for the inside, and that was through a window.

Still looks like it would have been a fun place.
 Other end of the porch side.

This would have been the front entrance, but the steps are pretty bad now.

 These next images are of some other buildings that would have been near by years ago, also near or on Lake Killarney.

This one would have been wonderful to see!

Another view.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Breckenridge cabin

We had a chance to once again ski in Breckenridge Co. a couple of weeks ago.
I had hoped to walk around town a little to take pictures of some of the old cabins, but it never happened.
Here however is a photo of an old photo of a cabin near by.

Probably early 1900's.

Nice little porch out front.

Note the chimney.
For a chimney to draw correctly, it should be higher than the peak of the cabin or building.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Just won't give up. . . .

 I have been watching this little cabin try to fall down for going on 25 years now.

It is in a field, near the road, close to our local kayak river in southern Mo.
 Not a big place, maybe 14 x 14.
At one time, 15 years ago, I tried the get the stones from the old chimney bu the land owner said someone else already had asked for them.
 The dovetail notches are very nice.
Clean and well made.
 At one time, indicated by the vertical boards on the outside, it probably had clap-board siding on it.

I can see one upper floor joist in this picture, so even if it was only a half story, there would have been some room upstairs.
 Here is a fine example of wood between the logs to hold the chinking.

A close up of the same.

Two walls are completely gone.
With the two remaining still looking pretty good.
 One day I will drive by and it will have fallen down completely, but for now, it is still holding on.

In this photo you can see better the vertical boards for the siding.
The size indicates it was probably never the main home. Maybe a field hands.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Some more from Rustic Cabin Life

 While this would suggest a dog-trot cabin, I do not agree that it is.
To me this looks like a small house attached to a barn, maybe to make access to the animals easier in bad weather.
The larger building is not chinked like the smaller cabin, nor are there any visible windows.
There could be a chimney on the far side of the bigger building which could spoil my theory.

This one reminds me of Maine and maybe a logging camp, or more likely a hunting camp.
There is an Allen Pond in Maine, but it is just my guess.
Shingles on the ends of the gables are pretty common in New England.

The people in this one look Latino or Native American.
Look at the size of the logs.
The thickness and the width of the logs would suggest the logs were split and two logs were got from each tree.
The chimney is very well built.
The churn is made from one stump.

This would have probably been the easiest cabin to build on this page.
Looks like it was made of pine (or some other softer wood), and the logs were never de-barked.
A stove seems to be present instead of a fire place.

So many interesting things in this photo.
Chickens all over the place. Clothes line made from a bent over tree.
The rocking chair moved out into the yard. The logs are beautifully hewn, and the cabin is not yet finished.
The hole in the roof is where the chimney will pass through.

This one is titled Pike's Peak prospector. It has been suggested that it is summer because the stove is outside.

Looks like the top plate log is going up.
Notice the doors and windows have not yet been cut in.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Wonderful old photos from Rustic Cabin Life

I follow Rustic Cabin Life on facebook and it is a treat of great cabin photos.

These photos were taken by Coleman Ogg a traveling photographer from around 1880-1940.
Mostly of Kentucky and the Southern Mountain Region. Enjoy.

Wonderful photos.

 Although we can't quite see, it is probably a dog-trot cabin.
Nice and big, hewn logs and a porch.
Two fireplaces.

Some of the chinking needs replacing.
Note how the shingles overlap at the top of the roof. This was how it was done. Prevailing window would have been from the back of the house.
 Nice clean lines, and with the tree nearby it almost looks idyllic.

The logs are hewn. Fireplace is neat, well layed and not temporary.
A second story can be seen.
Even the chairs on the porch look fairly nice. Wicker rockers, curtains on the windows. One of the ladies is wearing a hat. Front yard tree looks decorative, and maybe a fruit tree in the back yard. Logs are well up off the ground, so it has a floor.
 This may not be a home. Could be for animals.
But the smoke coming out would suggest otherwise. Note how short the chimney is and made of mud and logs.
A poor home. Un-hewn logs, no windows. Probably no floor. And a lean-to is added, again, probably for animals.
Note the length of the wood shingles on the roof. They had to be at least two feet long.
 The lower building is probably a home, while the upper was for crops or animals. Looks like five maybe seven kids and a dog in this small house. That means nine people.

The fireplace is neat and well built, and a lean-to has been added at the back.
 The caption calls this one a trappers/hunters cabin.
But I doubt it.Trapping was a winter activity, so that would explain the snow and all the trapping gear.
But the nice clap-board building next to it, along with the picket fence and barn in the back ground (a round barn?) would suggest this building is part of a larger homestead and not just an isolated trappers cabin.
Nice dove-tail notches, clean fireplace. Looks were not chinked but covered with boards.
The caption on this one says 'Red Lick, Kentucky' Unless the guy in black is just visiting, there would be six people in this small dwelling.
It is hard to tell if the logs were hewn or not, but the round ends would suggest not. The notching is a simple saddle notch. The fireplace will do, but is not well built.
A nice fence around the property.
This type of build would suggest a short term home.
 The view from this one must have been nice.
A very nice looking double pen dog-trot cabin.
It is hard to tell if there are two fireplaces or not.
The one that is clear looks very well built.
 This one was a very fine build.
Hewn logs with dove-tail notches.

The lower fireplace logs are also hewn. The fireplace would have been built of wood, then lined with mud. The upper chimney would have been small logs, and looks like it is ready to be replace the way it is twisted.

The lean-to at the back is also made out of hewn logs which is a little unusual. A split rail fence, and at least seven people in the photo.
The logs are hewn, but the ends look like they were finished with and axe instead of a saw.
Long roof shingles. The fireplace is nice.

It looks again like nine people in this small home. Are those twins wearing matching dresses?
You can barely see a lean-to on the back, which would have given them a little more room.

This is quite the stately place compared to the others.

It may have started of less grand, and they just kept making it better. We will never know.
Brick fireplaces instead of stone. Lots of windows.
Probably started life as a two pen dog-trot, then they enclosed the center section.
Note the damage happening to the logs where the porch roof drains water onto the walls.

Just my thoughts on these wonderful photos.