Friday, 05 July 2013 18:43

Our old Cow Creek cabin

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Seligman cabin on upper Cow Creek, Photo by George Stumpff 7/3/13k Seligman cabin on upper Cow Creek, Photo by George Stumpff 7/3/13k

This is a current photo of the cabin my dad and some hired labor built on upper Cow Creek during the 1920's or 30's. I wrote about this cabin in

" Alla en "el Ranchito" Grande"

Other than the obvious modernization, the building is virtually the same. As a kid, I spent most of my summers up here. We had a couple of horses. There was no electricity, running water or bathrooms. Stairs were on the left of the porch, no railing, and front windows were much smaller and wooden sashes.s. There was no tree in the right corner and no fireplace on the small bedroom to the right. Also there was  another chiminey for the wood cook stove on the left rear. Water was hauled from the creek, heat was single massive wood fireplace made from river cobbles and light from "coal oil" lamps. There was one "bathroom" at the end of the path up the hill. one thing that still remains but is hidden by the bushes to the left of the stairs is the name "Seligman" made from embedded white quartz in the rock foundation.

Takes me back to a happy time!

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  • Comment Link Allan MacGillivray III Friday, 02 August 2013 22:33 posted by Allan MacGillivray III

    Sure did about 25 yards uphill and adjacent to the horseshoe court. Did your cabin survive the fire? The Old's Ranch property got scorched again Huie Ley said, "27 miles of fire line was bulldozed in the headwaters of Cow Creek and atop the south side ridge of Holy Ghost."

  • Comment Link Arthur Scott Wednesday, 17 July 2013 19:06 posted by Arthur Scott

    I assume then you also had a path up the hill for a bathroom. I think both Mountain View and Los Pinos dude ranches had electricity at the time. I vividly remember our neighbor, my step father and Lou Gardesky setting off sticks of dynamite for the Fourth of July on top the mountain. Good way to grow up dogs, horses. an occasional trout and some illegal venison.

  • Comment Link Allan MacGillivray III Monday, 15 July 2013 19:51 posted by Allan MacGillivray III

    Your cabin is almost identical to ours in Holy Ghost canyon before remodeling, great memories!
    We had a cable/pulley/rope/bucket system for water retrieval, from the creek up a cable to a tree near the cabin. Us kids hauled the water in buckets along the cable,then from the tree to the storage tank at the cabin and to Mom's good cookin over the wood range.

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