HISTORY: Who built the cabin or why is unknown, the
cabin was probably used for trapping. If you have information, photographs
or stories regarding this cabin, (or any other cabins) please contact the Kenai
National Wildlife Refuge.
NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION: The Pipe Creek 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 shore of Tustumena
Lake. The Pipe Creek cabin condition is classified as standing
"fair" with very little alteration since construction.
The Pipe Creek cabin is built of spruce logs cut in the area
by ax and crosscut saw. The cabin is located approximately 100 feet from
the lakeside. The foundation of the cabin consists of sill logs placed
directly on the ground without a prepared foundation. The diameter of the
single room cabin is 12 feet, 5 inches wide by 15 feet, 5 ½ inches
long. The round spruce logs have been peeled of all bark. The logs
average 6 inches at the butt end and 5 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 16 courses of logs and the
east and west elevations have 9 courses of logs, all set horizontally.
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