HISTORY: Andy Anderson built the Doroshin Bay cabin
sometime after World War II. Andy was a homesteader who had established a
home west of Doroshin Bay on Caribou Island.
The cabin was built for a miner by the name of H. H.
"Hardrock" Leonard. Leonard was a miner and had plans to develop
an antimony prospect located in the area.
Antimony is a silvery-white metal that is found in the earth's
crust. Antimony ores are mined and then mixed with other metals to form
antimony alloys or combined with oxygen to form antimony oxide. Antimony isn't
used alone because it breaks easily, but when mixed into alloys, it is used in
lead storage batteries, solder, sheet and pipe metal, bearings, castings, and
pewter. Antimony oxide is added to textiles and plastics to prevent them
from catching fire. It is also used in paints, ceramics, and
fireworks. Little anitimony is currently mined in the United States
NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION: The Doroshin Bay 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 Skilak
Lake. The cabin is situated in a stand of mature spruce trees. The
Doroshin Bay cabin condition is classified as standing "good" with
very little alteration since its construction.
The Doroshin Bay cabin is built of spruce logs cut in the
area by ax and crosscut saw. The cabin is approximately 50 feet from the
shore of Skilak. 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 14 feet wide by 16 feet long. The
round spruce logs have not been peeled of all bark. The log diameter
average 7 ½ inches at the butt end and 6 inches at the tip. The cabin is
chinked with native moss. The logs are interlocked with a square
notch. The facade and north elevations have 14 courses of logs and the
east and west elevations have 9 courses of logs, all set horizontally.
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