Wall Plaster in a 19th Century Log Cabin

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When we think about the American frontier, images of isolation, privation and often labor can come to mind.  Life on the frontier certainly was difficult and dangerous.  A homesteader’s first year was often a frantic race to establish his family before winter snow began to fall.  The first job was to cut timber to clear land for planting […]

The Peterson Blockhouse

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The Peterson, IA blockhouse is one of those architectural surprises you can find in  small towns across the country. Built in 1862 from hewn logs, this structure is an extremely rare example of a wooden military fortification from the upper Midwest. First, a bit of history. Relations between the native Dakota Indians and white settlers […]