Saturday, November 15, 2008

Backcountry Ruins

If you look carefully in the bush, you can find lots evidence of past inhabitants. They were loggers, shake block cutters and homesteaders. The Coastal BC rainforest quickly reclaims the land, but if you know where what to look for you can find all kinds of ruins and treasures.

Our good friend John was walking along the shore at the head of Powell Lake and saw what looked like the remnants of a fence. A little farther inland he found the ruins of cabin.

The residents were shake block cutters. You can read more about it here. The cabin was gone, but the woodstove, a rusted bread pan, the root cellar, an outhouse and a refuse dump were still there. In the dump there was an old boot, the metal head of a peavy they used to move logs, food cans and lots of Copenhagen cans, the guys must have really loved their snuff. There was also a can of boot grease. Everything a few guys would need for a life of hard work in the bush. -- Margy

13 comments:

  1. http://www.youknowster.com/jokes/view/312-you-know-youre-a-coastie-when

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  2. Isn't it neat finding treasures? We live in an old indian community 'downstate' in Michigan. Many of the homes still have their Michigan basements, which means they have walls, but the floor is dirt. People have dug in their basements to find many indian artifacts.

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  3. That's kind of neat-- it's not jewels or artifacts, but still old ruins that tell of a life from the past.

    I did Photo Hunt today, too. I hope you get a chance to visit and leave your link!
    http://newyorktraveler.net/photo-hunters-ruined/

    Have a great weekend!

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  4. You always have the most interesting posts. It must have been neat to come across the cabin with remains of their hard life.

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  5. It's pretty neat finding remnants from the past.

    Thanks for visiting today :)

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  6. I love history! What a wonderful depiction of what was once a cozy little shack!

    Thank you for visiting my page!

    http://dragynm.wordpress.com/photo-hunt-ruined/

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  7. Thanks for stopping by. Tornados are scarey, but you can go undergreound and be safe. Earthquakes scare me because there is no where to go to get away from them. I guess you learn not to fear the familiar!

    These are great photos. I wonder about who lived there, why they were there, and why they left. Such stories this cabin could tell!

    Have a great weekend!

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  8. there's lots of abandon places in the world, there's always a story behind it, it's too bad people don't care as much as they use to


    great pick for photohunt and thanks for your visit

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  9. Very interesting. I wonder what the little cabin looked like before it got "ruined".

    Thanks for visiting!

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  10. It's so much fun to stumble on hidden ruins like that. Love the story and all those remnants of daily living. Happy Photohunting~

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  11. yup that's some ruined stuff!

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  12. It's amazing how fast nature can reclaim the land when people leave. Nice post! Thansk for visiting my PhotoHunt.

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