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Bonnifield Log Cabin

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1838. Old Settlers' Park (Waterworks Park)

Rhodam Bonnifield arrived in Jefferson County in 1837, and the following year Iowa was created as a territory. In 1838 he built this one-and-a-half-story log cabin on a site some 8 miles southeast of Fairfield. In 1906 the cabin was moved to its present location in Old Settlers' Park. The cabin was a large one for its time. It measured 16 by 28 feet, had a low second story, and featured a front porch with a shed roof. The walls are of hewn logs, and the roof was originally covered by rived and shaved walnut shingles (now by modern wood shingles). A large masonry chimney of native stone was situated at the left gable end.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Bonnifield Log Cabin", [Fairfield, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 325-325.

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