construction most likely
began at the turn of the century. This was originally a simple light frame
board structure that served as shelter for a local gold miners.
that at one time it was owned by Walter Pigeon who co-starred in "How Green Was
My Valley", a 1941 classic Oscar winner.
This gold miner's cabin had
gone through countless owners and countless modifications.
owners were in the process of rebuilding it when I became involved.
First we had to remove the wall against the hill as the termites and
dryrot had dissolved it.
A whole wing of the cabin had settled because
the supports had collapsed.
After major structural repairs new windows
and new doors including a sliding glass french door were installed.
exterior was papered and sheathed T1-11 grooved at 4" on center.
sheathed the interior with tongue & groove knotty pine.
exterior deck was rebuilt with 2" x 6" redwood.
The crowning touch was
the fireplace which was rebuilt with a smoke box, face and hearth.
Installed in the stone, which came from the streambed, was a steel rod
that a cast iron pot could be hooked to cook soup, stew or chili.
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A lack of
enforcement and a disrespect for
together with a group of illegal aliens who felt the hot coals from their
best disposed of in the undergrowth.
Law enforcement failed in that they did
not enforce the law which
bar-b-ques on the
far shore of the San Gabriel river.
One of the reasons' that they
decided to force anyone who wants to enjoy Angeles National Forest to pay for
an Adventure Pass' was so they could hire more
enforcement to police' the forest.
The Adventure Pass'
program had been in place for at least three years before the cabin was burned.
Rumor has it no law
enforcement officer would attempt to get the illegal aliens to obey the
law as they
feared for their lives.
Must be nice to get paid to be always be
somewhere else than were you are needed.
The cabin in the north fork was
burnt to the ground.
And of course no one was arrested as no one
saw' anything or knew' anything.
The judge's cabin a half a
mile away was saved though, through several water and fire retardant drops.
You have to politically connected for government, fire fighters and
enforcement to work for you.
They most definitely did not work for