Another log cabin, and homemade lincoln logs
I have a fascination for old log cabins, and found another one to share with you. We were driving through Midlothian, looking for a place to have dinner, when I saw this old cabin, and braved the rain to run take a few pictures. Of course, the pictures in the rain were terrible, so after dinner I went over and took some more.
“THE NEWTON CABIN
IN THE SPRING OF 1848 THE LARKIN NEWTON FAMILY ARRIVED IN THIS AREA FROM NEOSHO MISSOURI IN RESPONSE TO A 640 ACRE LAND GRANT GIVEN THEM THROUGH THE PETERS COLONY. THEIR CONTRACT REQUIRED THEM TO BE ON THEIR LAND WITH A HOME CONSTRUCTED BY jULY 1 OF THAT YEAR. MR NEWTON FOUND SUITABLE TIMBER IN THE CEDAR BREAKS OF DALLAS COUNTY TO THE NORTH. HE BUILT THIS CABIN ON A SITE APPROXIMATELY 3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF THIS LOCATION BY THE REQUIRED DATE. THE CABIN FEATURES A MIXTURE OF CORNER NOTCHINGS COMMONLY SEEN ON CABINS THROUGHOUT NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS. PROMINENT IS THE HALF DOVETAIL NOTCH. THOUGH DIFFICULT TO FORM, PROVIDES A SUPERIOR INTERLOCKING JOINT. THE NOTCHING AND THE CAREFULLY HEWN LOGS ARE BOTH PRIME EXAMPLES OF QUALITY CONSTRUCTION AND CRAFTSMANSHIP. THE CITIZENS OF MIDLOTHIAN ARE PROUD TO DISPLAY THE LARKIN NEWTON CABIN, ONE OF THE LAST SURVIVING PETERS COLONY STRUCTURES. “
We just happened to be visiting on the 1st Saturday of the month. But it was after 11am, and the weather was not permitting, anyway.
This sign stands just a few feet away from the cabin, and it gave me a little laugh. For more information about Midlothian, visit their website;
We had dinner at one of my favorites, Campuzano’s, just a short walk down from the cabin in historic downtown. The restaurant is located in one of the beautiful, old buildings. It’s also family owned. The Mexican Shrimp Cocktail is worth the short trip off Hwy 287 or Hwy 67. http://www.campuzanomexicanfood.com/
Homemade Lincoln Logs
Lincoln logs, which were created in 1916 by John Lloyd Wright, son of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, have been a favorite toy of kids for almost 100 years. My kids really enjoy playing with their Lincoln Logs, of which we have A BUNCH, and I’m always searching garage sales, etc. for more. But as soon as my son got his first pocket knife, at about 10 years old, he started making his own homemade ones. The trick is to get sticks of similar size and shape. It’s important that the sticks are not dead and brittle, as they will break when being “notched”. He is quick to rummage through our branches after we prune our trees, and the neighbors will often let him know when they are pruning theirs, as well. When I see how much work he puts into it, I have a whole new appreciation for the people who built these cabins with their crude tools.