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Pearson Cabin

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  • Pearson Cabin (Jet Lowe)
  • Pearson Cabin (HABS)
  • Pearson Cabin (HABS)

An exception to the typical design is the first cabin at the Toklat River, known as the Pearson Cabin, built by park service personnel. Grant Pearson, one of the rangers who constructed the building, went on to become park superintendent. The 12-foot-square building is constructed of round logs, saddle notched at the corners. Wood for the floor, doors, and window frames was whipsawn by the rangers. The outbuildings include a log cache, raised nearly 10 feet off the ground. Small-diameter round logs form the walls, roof, and floor. Four two-room doghouses, constructed of round logs with shed roofs, would have housed eight dogs, enough for a team.

Writing Credits

Alison K. Hoagland



Alison K. Hoagland, "Pearson Cabin", [Healy, Alaska], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Alaska, Alison K. Hoagland. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 235-235.

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