CABIN FROM THE PAST
THE ZEIGLER FAMILY CABIN GREER, AZ
HAVE I GOT A STORY TO TELL YOU!
The Recycle of New Mexico Coalition gave us a call about five Adobes from the 1930’s that were going to be demolished and they wanted us to come up and reclaim as much of the beautiful wood that we could. the Posse has been up at the site outside of Santa Fe for the past 4 weeks. And the buildings were built to stand the tests of time so it hasn’t been easy at all.
The story about the homes are very interesting. The cattle boom in the 1880’s brought Easterners to the West. The railroad and automobiles allowed people to escape the urban heat to the magnificent West. A lady name Bess Huntinghouse came to the area from Chicago as a “Harvey girl”. By 1930 she manages Bishops Lodge. She asked her sister Harriet Jackson to help her and she purchased hundreds of acres that is now Los Caminitos. Harriet settled on some of the acreage and their were four houses built near one another. They had their own community garden and enjoyed the company of the neighbors. These are the adobes that are being taken down and the hand cut beams, and vigas as so beyond gorgeous. The hard wood floors are thick cut oak. Ship-lap has also been removed and as back trailer load is brought to the warehouse it is a window into the past.
We met the neighbors who knew Harriet for many years. She was quite avant guarde even in her later years and they described her with a scarf or a hat on her head driving her convertible Mustang. I love the visual and know that Harriet is excited that we will find beautiful uses for the wood.
There will be more photos to come!
Here's just a small sampling of our exciting projects! And there is always more to come....
We are very excited about an upcoming project we have in June.
Photos had been posted awhile back about the unusual opportunity we have to reclaim an old Log Cabin/Fort from the Jemez Mountains in New Mexico. This structure has quite the history behind it. Built in the late 1960’s by a group of friends/hippies up in the mountain. They harvested the old growth logs from trees on the property and one of the men had his own milling equipment. The logs are straight and equal size. The approximate square footage of the cabin is about 3,000 sq ft. So quite large allowing us a lot of wood and metal from the roof. This structure itself is as sound as when they built it. The foundation, not so much. The current owner wants to use the land for other purposes, so we were asked to take it down. This is a great opportunity to have some beautiful logs to put up your own cabin, or use the logs for any building or architectural project you may have. We want to list this now so we can pre-sell the logs to avoid having to warehouse them. We will be reclaiming this cabin in June when the weather allows us to gain access to it safely. p.s. the original wooden outhouse is available too!
Back From Our Latest Project!
We ventured back to Wagon Mound, NM for our latest project.
This sheep shearing program was known throughout the country and would shear well over 100,000 sheep. It was one of the oldest sheep shearing buildings dating back to the 1930’s, and was one of most widely used hubs on the Santa Fe Trail. The wood was in amazing shape, it was painted cabin red on one side and natural barn wood on the other. Forty seven supports made from cedar trees dating well over 80 years old, were used to hold up this building. As well 18 gates of various sizes and over 200 tin roof panels were reclaimed.
This water tank was used to provide water for the Harris Family for well over 40 years. It was put together by the patriarch and is made of redwood. Once the water was filled bucket by bucket the redwood would swell and seal the tank. Getting up the hill to the water tank was not an easy process by the Posse, but they did it!
YEARLING CALF PROGRAM
THIS PROGRAM WAS SET UP BACK IN THE LATE 30'S, EARLY 40'S TO SUPPORT YEARLING CALVES WITH THE WATER RESTRICTIONS THAT WERE IN PLACE ON THESE LARGE RANCHES. THE PROGRAM Had to be shut down and moved leaving a treasure of weathered wood.
This gave us an opportunity to pick up some long wide and heavy woods. It is hard to estimate the age of the wood because of the transfer ship of ownership on the ranch but we pulled several nail stamps from the rail road ties ranging from 1925-1941. The variety of the the planks that were reclaimed go from 16 feet long down to 2 feet long. Giving you a wide variety of sizes to choose from.
The characteristics of this greyed out wood is absolutely stunning! Perfect for you! floors, cabinets, walls, the possibilities are endless! contact us to make an appointment to see this Fantastic find!
1912 Grain, Bean and Wheat Building!
FOR A VERY SHORT TIME ALL OF THIS GORGEOUS RECLAIMED WOOD AND METAL is in our warehouse! CONTACT US TO COME AND CLAIM YOUR PIECE OF HISTORY! We take appointments for Monday, Wednesday and Friday's.
8 days in the sun, wind and rain to complete this project
100 Year old Home for the new bride and town saloon
100 year old adobe