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These 11 Historic Log Cabins In Idaho Are Too Quaint For Words

Standing as photogenic springboards for the imagination, log cabins always seem to serve as the settings for key moments in American history. They remind us of a simpler time, and of the hardworking ethic that we as Idahoans pride ourselves on. While it’s impossible to know which cultural group was the first to fashion felled and cut logs into cozy, down-home-style shelters, even today the remnants of significant historical log cabins are scattered throughout the state. Some seem to ooze with history, others have been restored, while still others (and their stories) have fallen victim to the passage of time. Few were built to be permanent structures, but nevertheless, they remain the unique, rustic products of our local history. Let’s take a look at some of our state’s time-worn gems, both known and forgotten.

11. Trapper Cabin

Recently the victim of a tragic vandalism incident, the Trapper Cabin is a truly unique piece of Idaho history that sits hidden in the French Creek Trailhead on the McCall Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. The quaint abode was built in 1936 and is Rocky Mountain log style: peeled lodge pole pine logs and mud chinking. Up until recently, the cabin was in the process of being restored from the damage.

How many of these log cabins have you been to? What other historic gems are scattered throughout Idaho? Share the details so we can check them out!

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Jennifer
Super-rad musician, scholar, and Idaho native who has loves basking in Idaho sunsets and indulging in spontaneous nature walks across the state.