In a long article written in 1960, William J. Peterson, superintendent of the Iowa State Historical Society, noted, “Every community, large or small, might well erect a log cabin.” 7 Here is Burlington's much-needed moment in history, a 1909–1910 replica, created in the same year that Theodore Roosevelt was laying the cornerstone of the Lincoln Memorial Building (which enclosed a log cabin) in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Burlington's competing version is of split logs and has a long porch on one side which overlooks the river valley. The Hawkeye Log Cabin was built by the Hawkeye Native Association. Also within Crapo Park, to the south of the log cabin, is the 1844 stone Schneider cottage, built by Rudolph Weingert.
William Peterson, “Railroads Come to Iowa,” 515.