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Yes BLM did, I worked for them as a backcountry ranger one summer while in college on the Rogue river. I was stationed at a remote miners cabin midway down the river and expected to report on the comings and going of hippies 🙄 So they could burn their cabins.

I was a bit more sympathetic to them than the BLM. In the cabin I also found a small vial of gold nuggets! Probably only a few penny weights of gold but a fun find. I still have it!


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Not a cabin, but here is an old gold mill hidden deep in the mountains with a very rare roller style ore crusher still inside.
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There would have been large leather drive belts turning these pulleys and operating the various power equipment throughout the mill, all powered by a single engine.
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Ore would be dropped in the top of the structure, through a jaw crusher, into the roller crusher to pulverize the ore, then onto the separation or cyanide tables to extract the gold.
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When I was riding the Colorado mountains on a trials bike early 80’s, there was a full turbine generator originally driven by water at cliffs edge above Silverton. Two floor building. Production bottom living quarters above. Crews worked two week shifts. Cable car between plant and ground transport. Rode there with a fellow whose Grandfather worked at the site. We rode in from the other side of the mountain and back the same way. Don’t know the status of it today. If the turbine was removed it would have to be done by heavy lift air I would think.
I look at the giant wind turbines here on the plains now and we will likely see the same in their future.

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My father and his younger brother were playing under the old stage coach stop at Lime City Iowa around 1931. Up in the floor joist he found a Bacon 31 caliber cap and ball revolver and holster. Have it still

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Originally Posted by Theoldpinecricker
I live in an mountain valley and behind my residence is an old miners shack. The view from my front yard has thus old thing.
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Originally Posted by blanket
My father and his younger brother were playing under the old stage coach stop at Lime City Iowa around 1931. Up in the floor joist he found a Bacon 31 caliber cap and ball revolver and holster. Have it still
It would be great to see a pic of the revolver and holster.

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Not Alaska, but my Dad and I were fishing and Blackbear hunting near Ear Falls Ontario in 1981.
While poking around one day we came to the old Uchi Lake Gold Mine Camp. It was abandoned many years earlier.
It appeared as if they were told, the mine is closed and everyone just left. A bunch of abanded log cabins.
Plates and silverware just sitting on tables etc.
The one cool thing we found was a purchase order for supplies.
I still have it.
I love old cabins and homesteads.

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Lakeside or river existing cabins in Alaska are stopovers for sled dog rigs and pilots
if bad weather sets in unexpectedly. It is an unwritten rule to replace anything that is used
and to be careful with Yukon stoves with firewood. No locks needed on doors.
Sooner and later the bears visit near my homestead land. Black bears leave if a grizzly shows up.

Same with a cabin on the AZ-NM border in Greenlee County. This is literally
Ben Lilly country in the early 1900s. He hunted there with an 1886 Winchester in 33 WCF. There are old mine and prospectors cabins near Reserve and Mogollon across the line in N.M.
Back about 10 or 15 years ago the USFS found an 1873 Winchester stuck in or near the fork of a tree in NV or WY-MT. Snow storm or lost hunter.
It was placed in their museum.

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If I could figure out pics could post one

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I was sitting and thinking about stuff that was commonly found in old cabins, especially the remote cabins where items were ever removed. One such oroduct came to mind and it is Buach(sp). A smoldering ring of bug repellent that was everywhere fish camp, moose camp, duck camp, airplane stuff, stuff etc. I don't know if it is still sold.
You're talking about Buhach. I was able to buy it at Samson's Hardware in Fairbanks up until about 2011-12, but there hasn't been any around for a long time now. I believe the company that made it went out of business.

I think the EPA banned it - what I was told anyway. I've a half can left. If I had known it was going to come unobtainium, I'd have stocked up.

Growing up in ND, my mother would run us kids out of the house whenever we got fly-blown and smoke those bastids to death. We have used it a lot in Alaska at our remote cabin.


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There is an old dilapidated log cabin on the property next to where we used to live that has large beautiful wood cook stove in it.
Near 6' long with the warming ovens all across the top.
The cabin has basically become brushed in and is located at the head of a creek[spring comes up]
Most could walk within 20 yards and never know the cabin is there.
For years I tried to figure a way to get that stove out and up through the holler to our property.
The hillsides are typical Appalachian[almost vertical] and thick growth.


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I have a cabin nestled on 40 acres near Ralph, MI in Da UP. It was built in the early 40s and has sustained a fair amount of tree damage over the years. Seems like everytime I'm up there fixing it I'll find something old that was stashed by family or friends from the past. It's been like a trip down memory lane and makes me miss some of my dearly departed family.

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Aside from Sam McGee, the most interesting thing I can recall was a copy of the photograph of Margaret Trudeau pantyless at Studio 54. That was around 1979 so wasn't long after the incident.

I don't recall much else from the various cabins found canoeing in Canada and those found here in Minnesota have mostly been picked clean. I tend to stay away from them as cisterns and outhouse pits aren't uncommon and I don't want to find one the hard way. I've stepped on two cistern covers that luckily held my weight so feel I have pushed my luck.

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Originally Posted by Raeford
There is an old dilapidated log cabin on the property next to where we used to live that has large beautiful wood cook stove in it.
Near 6' long with the warming ovens all across the top.
The cabin has basically become brushed in and is located at the head of a creek[spring comes up]
Most could walk within 20 yards and never know the cabin is there.
For years I tried to figure a way to get that stove out and up through the holler to our property.
The hillsides are typical Appalachian[almost vertical] and thick growth.

My guess is the best way to extract it is the way it likely went into there. Disassemble it, photograph each step for reassembly.


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