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Vincent Knorr Cabin

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by mid-1930s. Mascot Creek, 3 miles above its juncture with Glacier River
  • Vincent Knorr Cabin (Jet Lowe)
  • Vincent Knorr Cabin (Alison K. Hoagland)
  • Vincent Knorr Cabin (HABS)

Set on a high bank next to Mascot Creek, Vincent Knorr's cabin is a carefully constructed small log structure. Measuring about 13 feet by 14 feet (and now shifted to a parallelogram rather than a rectangle), the round logs are saddle notched at the corners and chinked with moss. The roof is constructed of poles resting on the purlins and supporting a layer of moss; the purlins are pegged at the ends to keep the poles in place. The one-room cabin had a window in each wall, a stove in one corner, and a root cellar underneath. Nearby was a cache and an outhouse. Vincent Knorr, who signed his name in chalk over the doorway, built this cabin by the mid-1930s, when he had staked at least five claims on Mascot Creek.

The complex is within the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, but privately owned.

Writing Credits

Alison K. Hoagland


What's Nearby


Alison K. Hoagland, "Vincent Knorr Cabin", [Arctic National Park and Preserve, 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, 251-251.

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