Authentic Missouri log-cabins
In some cases, precise locations and dates are not recorded -- but maybe you know, and will tell me ?

Jo Dunn has sent photos of the cabin near Alton where she lived until 6th grade (1953).

-MFS' Sue Thomas has notes on the construction of log cabins in her Missouri Heritage Readers series volume, A Second Home: Missouri's Early Schools

-We recently added the Burkett cabin, now under renovation, near New Bloomfield;

-MSPVW at sent us this photo of a cabin believed to have been the home of Ambrose Callaway (a nephew of Flanders Callaway who married  Jemima Boone).

-Kevin Parsons sent in pictures of two cabins his family has owned:

The cabin my father in law lived in as a boy until 1953, still standing near Brumley, Mo.  In the picture with the cabin are my wife and daughter. This cabin was built with the help of neighbors in the 1940's.

My great Grandma, Jane (BEARD) Parsons at the Perry Beard cabin. This cabin stood until about 1980. My mom lived here for a time with her mom and dad, brother and sister during the 1950's. The cabin stood for almost a century.


Click here for a study of the log cabin home built by Reverend Samuel Jasper Weir , about 1840, located at Hulston Mill Historic Park.

Nathan Boone's double dog trot home at Ashgrove, Missouri, near Springfield -- essentially two log cabins with a breezeway between.  Both homes and breezeway covered by one roof.  The home is now a state park.  The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is currently excavating the site and the home is open during special times, such as the Nathan Boone Rendezvous.


The Logan homestead in Lincoln County, Missouri, from Brenda Frazier .

Brenda is a computer graphic artist with the Math Department at Mizzou.

Above is the exterior shot. I have others that are black and white close-ups of the exterior (not scanned in). The cabin was built by my great great great(?) uncle. It sits on the original Logan Family Homestead in Lincoln County, Missouri and the land is currently owned by my aunt. My great grandmother (Dad's Mother's Mother) was a Logan. My dad's parents bought the land in the 1940's(?) possibly the 1950's. Before then it was owned by my grandfather's brother, who lived in it. Even though the land stayed in my family (at one time owned by "Hopkins") it wasn't always owned by family of the original homesteaders. The section next to it is also owned by descandents of the Logans. In the 1970's (?) they tore down the original home and outbuildings, which were on their property. My grandfather with my father's help built his own home and used the cabin as storage for hay and junk. The barn and other outbuildings were also built by my grandfather and dad.

[...] It is a log cabin with wood plank siding and a tin roof. The exterior close-ups show the logs, mortar and siding. The foundation is rocks stacked up to prevent animals from getting underneath (didn't work). The front door opens into a hallway with two rooms on either side. In the back is an enclosed porch/lean-to/addition.

I remember being told that the cabin was originally built with the hallway being outside as a dog trot. The well top has my great great (think this is correct) uncle's name in the concrete.

Below, an interior of the log cabin.


The cabin in which Daniel Boone lived, St. Charles county -- this is a scan of a photograph published in 1904:


Two views of the structure known as "Jim Lane's Cabin;"  "Burned soon after this" is written in pencil on reverse; Missouri Ozarks area view postcard '20s-'30s ("Shepherd of the Hills" area, near Branson); below, another view

also near Branson

A portion of the cabin of the James (as in "Frank and Jesse") family, near Kearney, modern siding removed to expose original log construction

This cabin was a slave dwelling on a tobacco plantation along the Boonslick Trail east of Columbia (now located in Stephens Lake Park), and is said to have been built in 1818. Moved and reconstructed in 1935.

The Homestead at Clinton (Henry Co) "features a rare, original 1856 Dog Trot Log House which was painstakingly preserved and moved to the present location. A barn, corn crib, smoke house and out house complete this 1800's farmstead."

The first building erected in Palmyra.

The back of this card reads, "To the many visitors in the historic and scenic Ozarks, the Pioneer Log Cabins provide a glimpse into Missouri's past."

  Stark Historic Cabin, Louisiana, Missouri

                                                    Old Matt's Cabin, from Harold Bell Wright's Shepherd of the Hills, near
                                                    Branson, on Highway 80; below, another view of the same structure, dated 1962

This two-story log cabin, built in Missouri in 1850, was reassembled on a Texas estate.

The cabin built in the late 1860s by Peter Burton Lupardus, donated by Gary Flaugher and beautifully restored by the Lupardus descendents on the grounds of the Miller County Historical Society

Typical of the cabins built by the early German settlers of Perry Co.



"Cabin at the Forks"
("Shepherd of the Hills" area, near Branson)

The cabin occupied by future general and president U.S. Grant during his hardscrabble days, as it appeared in 1913:

and seen in another view, in a postcard dated 1917:

The cabin has since been restored, and can be visited at Grant's Farm near St. Louis. Click on the previous link to experience the panaormaic tour of the cabin and its grounds.

Sylvia Forbes wrote to us:

Saw your list of log cabins on the Missouri Folklore Society website. I thought of a couple more you might be interested in.

1. There's a restored one at the headquarters of Rockbridge Memorial State Park, just south of Columbia. The park office has information about it.

The Hickam Cabin is preserved at the Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, just south of Columbia.

Its actual age has been disputed, with some claiming it is a settler’s cabin from the 1820s, and others saying it’s a replica from the 1960s.


2. The Denny home in Fayette. This home, where Claiborne Fox Jackson lived for a couple of years, is a two-story mansion. However, on the back is an attached, enclosed porch. The owner had a carpenter come to fix it, and it was found that this back part was originally a log cabin.

This home is on Hwy 5, just north of Fayette, and was called the Matilda Denny home, as she lived there for many years.

Does anyone have a photo of this structure?

3. There's also a restored cabin in Springfield, MO, the Gray/Campbell homestead. They give occasional tours. It is in a big park, next to the Japanese Stroll Garden.



Click here to see the 1867 log store on the grounds of the Polk County museum (near Bolivar)

Click here to see and read about the log meetinghouse used by Mennonites in Polk County 150 years ago. So all right, this one's in Iowa...  

Click here for an article by Ron Diener: Log Construction In the Folk Building Tradition Of the New World



Aldrich, Chilson D.
 The Real Log Cabin. The MacMillan Company, New York.1928.

Brimmer, F. E.
 Camps: Log Cabins, Lodges and Clubhouses. D. Appleton and Company, New York 1925.

Jordan, Terry G.
 American Log Buildings: An Old World Heritage. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill 1985.

Kemp, Oliver
 Wilderness Homes: A Book of the Log Cabin. Outing Publishing Company, New York 1908.

Wicks, William S.
 Log Cabins: How to Build and Furnish Them. Forest and Stream Publishing Company, New York.1889.

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