My town, Oregon City, was the end of the Oregon Trail.
In 1846, Horace and Jane Baker left their 7 kids with relatives in Illinois and caught the second wagon train out west.
They lived on their 640 acre claim for 10 years, before they built a cabin.
Horace was busy quarrying basalt from the cliffs above.
The basalt was used to build the Oregon City locks, the Tillamook Light House and Portland's Pioneer Post Office.
No pegs or nails fasten the lap-jointed logs in the cabin.
The cantilevered design is common to the East Coast, but seldom seen out West.
Here's the well. I am kind of thirsty!
Stanzie found the butter churn.
I'm heading upstairs to check out the sleeping loft.
Here is where they ground chestnuts and grains down to flour. The holes formed in these rocks from repeated use.
Oh and BTW, they never did go back to Illinois to get their kids...BOL
I wonder if they had any dogs?
Wyatt and Stanzie