Monthly Archives: January 2012


Log House Locations:  Green (67) signifies occupied dwellings, orange (51) abandoned, and red (18) for ones that have been demolished since 2007.  Not shown are houses that have been moved and rebuilt in recent memory, or houses that were demolished since 2007 and have since been rebuilt.  If it doesn’t have an intact roof, it’s not shown.  There are a tremendous amount of “ruins” scattered across the county.  Shown are roughly 140 resources.  I’ve covered Winneshiek County pretty thoroughly, but many more undiscovered resources exist within the surrounding counties.




Houses at risk:  Green (72) indicates occupied houses, and for the sake of of this representation, I’ve classified all of these as not at risk.  That said, with each passing building season a number of these are demolished for new, more modern structures.  Orange (22) indicates threatened status and red (19) indicates highly threatened status, say catastrophic roof leak or impending demolition.  Sorry Tom Ridge, this wasn’t your idea.


Yellow (61) signifies one room plan houses, red (65) signifies two or more room plan houses.  The distinctions between two, three, and more longitudinal-type houses are blurred, especially when I can’t get inside to poke around.


Notch type:  red (44) signifies full dovetail notching, yellow (8) v-notching, and green (4) square notching.  The three v-notched houses (yellow pins) in western Winneshiek county were Norwegian built, and the five in eastern Allamakee were likely that of a different ethnic origin.