Gamlin Cabin
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 36° 44.929 W 118° 58.302
11S E 323980 N 4068820
Quick Description: First homestead in America's deepest canyon
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 5/14/2008 8:35:38 PM
Waymark Code: WM3T8T
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
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Long Description:

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In 1870, Franco-Canadian homesteaders Thomas and Israel Gamlin came west from Vermont and attempted a squatter's claim on a 160 acre section in Grant Grove. From 1870 to 1872, they lived in a hollow tree and from 1872 to 1878, they lived in this cabin, grazing cattle in the mountains. This makes this cabin the first permanent settlement in Kings Canyon.

The Fallen Monarch, the first "home" of the Gamlin brothers.

Gamlin Cabin, first homestead in Kings Canyon

Since it was first built, the cabin has been moved and reconstructed three times. Originally, it was built from sugar pine, which is subject to decay when infested with termites. To preserve the cabin, a concrete foundation was constructed in 1978. At the same time the lower logs were replaced with termite-resistant giant sequoia.

After the Gamlin brothers left, the cabin has served a variety of uses, including a storage for the U.S. Cavalry, a ranger station and residence of the first park ranger, Mr. Lewis L. Davis from 1902-09. From 1892 to 1932 it was actually relocated near to the Grand Grove Visitors Center, but after a tree fell on it in 1932, it was brought back to its original place. In 1977, it was inducted into the National Register of Historic Places.

Inside the cabin

Link to the Homestead: [Web Link]

Additional Parking or Point of Interest: N 36° 44.815 W 118° 58.389

Structure Type: Log Cabin

History if no Link: Not listed

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