I wish we knew where Ella May Davidson ran into this decaying cabin, but I haven't been able to figure this one out. We have the original sleeves from these negatives as well as an index prepared by Ella May herself, but unfortunately the organization was long ago scrambled. I don't see any notes which match this image. The forest certainly looks like this area, and most of her images are local. The construction was primitive, but I am sure it provided welcome shelter to its inhabitants. This image was probably captured in the 1910s.
Imagine moving those giant logs into place manually! The forest floor in the foreground sure looks silty like it's near a body of water...
JKG on 22nd July 2021 @ 7:13am
Good grief, those logs are huge! How did they get them up that high?
The terrain is intriguing. Any idea what the viny bush is, in front?
L.E. on 22nd July 2021 @ 7:16am
I also thought, near a body of water.....like the Columbia River. The building doesn't look ancient, and in 1910, it probably wasn't, so what caused the roof to cave in? Heavy snow?
L.E. on 22nd July 2021 @ 7:36am
To me it looks more like it was unfinished than decaying. The logs still have the bark on them mostly intact and it does not appear to have the remains of all of the roof structure there. If it collapsed, there would be more timbers inside and the logs would likely show more decay and missing bark areas.
Basaltgrouse on 22nd July 2021 @ 8:11am
I like the unfinished theory. From what we can see in this picture, it just doesn't look like the roof was ever complete. My wild guess: this was the original change house at Lost Lake (just kidding...).
kmb on 22nd July 2021 @ 5:25pm
Square-sawn log ends, square-sawn window/door opening. That doesn't strike me as "primitive."
Alan Winston on 22nd July 2021 @ 7:27pm
Maybe the plant isv a rosebush planted to give a touch of home.
Barbara Parsons on 28th August 2021 @ 4:18pm