Crew preserves historic cabin at cow-camp site

Crew preserves historic cabin at cow-camp site

Photo Courtesy of Andrew Gulliford
A large trench is required to drain the property and keep the sill logs from rotting.
Crew leader Chris George, left, and assistant crew leader Harris Abernathy have made a great team as they taught Historicorps volunteers how to rehabilitate the Harris cabin just west of Lift 8 at Durango Mountain Resort.
Photo Courtesy of Ann Bond, San Juan National Forest
The Harris Cabin was originally built in 1880, then disassembled and rebuilt along the East Fork of Hermosa Creek in 1934. The excavated trench improves drainage. The cowboy porch faces Hermosa Creek and a meadow that was summer grazing for Harris Ranch cows.
Photo Courtesy of Andrew Gulliford
The detail of cabin logs and the saddle notch design comes from the southwest corner of the building. Restoring log cabins requires learning secrets from the original builders, especially about structures that have been taken apart and moved. The Harris cabin once was a toll station on the Rockwood-to-Rico wagon road.
Photo Courtesy of Andrew Gulliford
The Historicorps logo connects the modern Historicorps, created last year by Colorado Preservation Inc., and similar images from the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps. Both groups specialized in vernacular architectural structures in national forests and national parks.
Photo Courtesy of Andrew Gulliford
The cabin’s sparse furnishings included a wrought-iron bedstead, a chuck wagon-style drop-down table, and an original Monarch stove, above, that could burn either coal or wood.

Crew preserves historic cabin at cow-camp site

Photo Courtesy of Andrew Gulliford
A large trench is required to drain the property and keep the sill logs from rotting.
Crew leader Chris George, left, and assistant crew leader Harris Abernathy have made a great team as they taught Historicorps volunteers how to rehabilitate the Harris cabin just west of Lift 8 at Durango Mountain Resort.
Photo Courtesy of Ann Bond, San Juan National Forest
The Harris Cabin was originally built in 1880, then disassembled and rebuilt along the East Fork of Hermosa Creek in 1934. The excavated trench improves drainage. The cowboy porch faces Hermosa Creek and a meadow that was summer grazing for Harris Ranch cows.
Photo Courtesy of Andrew Gulliford
The detail of cabin logs and the saddle notch design comes from the southwest corner of the building. Restoring log cabins requires learning secrets from the original builders, especially about structures that have been taken apart and moved. The Harris cabin once was a toll station on the Rockwood-to-Rico wagon road.
Photo Courtesy of Andrew Gulliford
The Historicorps logo connects the modern Historicorps, created last year by Colorado Preservation Inc., and similar images from the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps. Both groups specialized in vernacular architectural structures in national forests and national parks.
Photo Courtesy of Andrew Gulliford
The cabin’s sparse furnishings included a wrought-iron bedstead, a chuck wagon-style drop-down table, and an original Monarch stove, above, that could burn either coal or wood.
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