February 02, 2016

Morrisonite Cabins Part II

The second cabin on the Morrisonite claims was built by Tom Caldwell in 1976 shortly after Jake built the first one. Tom had a distinct advantage in terms of resources as his father owned a lumber yard in Marcing Idaho. After making some plans, Tom went to town, loaded a trailer with a ton of logs poles and boards from his father's lumber yard, and headed back to the mine. He brought his wife, Lisa, with him. The trailer was overloaded and a bit much for his truck. As they approached the rim of the canyon, Lisa asked Tom if he planned on trying to pull the trailer over the rim and down to the flat. Tom said sure. Lisa immediately made Tom stop the truck and she got out. Lisa said, I'll walk down. Tom, being a "go for it" kind of guy, without hesitation directed the truck and overloaded trailer over the edge. The truck and trailer jackknifed and ended up in a mess on the steep slope. Luckily Jake was down below with his frontend loader. Seeing what happened, he cranked up his machine and rescued everyone.
The cabin built by Tom is the largest of the three Cabins but has the least level floor space. It does however have a partial concrete floor about 6 by 8 ft. with the year 1976 imprinted in it.
Tom worked an area on the Big Hole claim known as the south pit and produced some of the finest Jasper to come from the area.
Jake used this cabin from 1986 to 1996 when we both were working there. Jake spent two winters in this cabin. This is quite an undertaking as it is not possible to get in or out of the area for 5 months. Jake told me there was a 10 day period where he did nothing but feed his fire and melt snow for water.

  • Morrisonite Cabin
  • Morrisonite Cabin
  • Morrisonite Cabin
  • Morrisonite Cabin