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Log Cabin
Log Cabin

This image depicts the log cabin that has become a staple of American's frontier mythology. In fact, log cabins were a large part of the first wave of frontier settlement that crossed the Appalachian Mountains in the years after the War of 1812. Employing the plentiful stands of timber found in states like Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Indiana, settlers like the Thomas Lincoln family constructed simple dwellings like this. But as settlers moved on to the American prairies, trees became harder to find, and more settlers turned to improvised structures such as sod houses.

Image source: Northern Illinois University
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