Historic "Gold Fever" Log Cabin Restored

Release Date: Mar 22, 2013

Contact: Virginia Gibbons, (541) 618-2113

Harlow Cabin - Outside windows of roof peakThe Forest Service is replacing several old logs in the walls of historic Harlow Cabin, a 1930s mining cabin on Elliott Creek, located on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District. The one-and-a-half story log cabin is structurally sound, but over time, the weather has taken its toll on one of the cabin’s 30-foot logs, as well as several shorter logs.

A team of Forest Service employees (based out of Missoula, Montana) who specialize in historic log structure restoration will perform the work with the assistance of Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest archaeologist Kristen Hauge and archaeological technician Dave Knutson. Members of the Rogue River Hotshots, a 20-person firefighting crew based out of Prospect Ranger Station, will assist with the heavy lifting. The ten-day project will be completed by late March.

Harlow Cabin - OutsideThe team brings their own specialized tools such as adzes, log dogs and peavies for hewing corner notches and maneuvering the logs around the site. The structure will be jacked up to remove the rotting logs and to position the new logs (up to two feet in diameter) in place.

The cabin was built in 1930 by William Harlow and his son, who mined nearby. Little is known of the Harlows and soon, the cabin passed into the hands of other miners. The cabin was occupied up until 1991. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 as one of the last intact, historic log cabins remaining within the larger vicinity of southern Oregon and northern California.

“These critical repairs have been a priority of our Heritage program for some time and we’re delighted to finally get them accomplished,” said Janet Joyer, Forest Archaeologist. “This cabin is a tangible symbol of the early gold mining history of the Siskiyou Mountains. It represents the very reason that white settlers first came to our area – gold fever. The cabin is a reminder of the remote, rustic lifestyles of those hardy souls.”

Harlow Cabin - Inside roof lineOver the next several years, other repairs will be made to bring the cabin up to standard for the recreation rental program. When work on the cabin is complete, members of the public will have the opportunity to reserve the cabin for overnight stays. Fees generated would be dedicated to the long-term maintenance of the restored cabin.

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Mail Tribune story: The building blocks of history - Workers are restoring historic cabin, using craftsmanship of its original era - By Paul Fattig