HISTORY: Trapper Joe Cabin was constructed during the summer
of 1950 by J. Lignurgaris, to replace his old trapping cabin constructed
many years prior; the original cabin probably pre-dated the Moose
Range. Mr. Lignurgaris was known as a trapper of good reputation, who
observed all game regulations. If you have information, photographs or
stories regarding this cabin, (or any other cabins) please contact the Kenai
National Wildlife Refuge.
NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION: Trapper Joe cabin is a one-story log
cabin consisting of a single rectangular room. The cabin is located within
the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on the shores of Trapper Joe Lake. The
Trapper Joe cabin condition is classified as standing "fair" with
very little alteration since construction.The Trapper Joe cabin is built of
spruce logs cut in the area by ax and crosscut saw. The cabin is
approximately 19 feet from the lakeshore.
The foundation of the cabin consists of sill logs placed
directly on the ground without a prepared foundation. The outside
dimensions of the single room cabin are 12 feet, 8 inches wide by 14 feet
long. The two-sided spruce logs have been peeled of all bark. The
logs average 7 inches at the butt end and 5 ½ inches at the tip. The cabin
is chinked with native moss and split chinking. The logs are interlocked
with a double notch. The facade and east elevations have 16 courses of logs and
the north and south elevation have 9 courses of logs, all set
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