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Photo 2: View of interior cabin at Johnson Lake Mine Historic District. [Photo 2] with link to larger version of photo.
(National Park Service, Western Archeological and Conservation Center Photo)

These are the remains of the largest log cabin at Johnson Lake Mine. Susan Wells, a National Park Service archeologist, appears in the photo. The cabin was divided into two rooms and has a rodent-proof pantry (right) lined with galvanized, corrugated sheet metal. This cabin may have been a community structure, possibly the kitchen and dining hall.

Drawing 2: Elevation drawings of cabin at Johnson Lake Mine complex. [Drawing 2] with link to larger version of image.
(National Park Service, Western Archeological and Conservation Center, Drawing by Ronald Beckwith)

This is a drawing of the cabin pictured in Photo 2.

Questions for Photo 2 & Drawing 2

1. Examine Photo 2. What do you think this person is doing?

2. If you were an archeologist, what kind of questions would you ask when examining a site?

3. How might documenting the remains of the worker's cabins help one understand their living conditions?

4. Why do you think a rodent-proof pantry was necessary?

5. Using the scale and small model of the cabin in Drawing 2, approximately how big was this cabin?

6. Based on Photo 2 and Drawing 2, what are your impressions of the living conditions at Johnson Lake Mine?

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