Behold this incredibly sweet cabin located in the Trout River Valley, outside of Decorah in northeastern Iowa.
The ‘Heartland’ unfortunately gets skipped over quite a bit here on House Crazy in favor of flashy abodes on the coasts or in the mountains. But there are some real gems on the Great Plains if one has a patient eye, and this is one such jewel.
The diminutive log structure was built sometime in the mid 19th century as a Norwegian-Lutheran parochial school. In the year 1898, the log building was dismantled and moved across the field where it was rebuilt as a house for Norwegian immigrant Peter Losen.
The current owners were family friends with the descendants of Losen, and they were gifted the home in 2007.
It had been lived in until the 1970’s but then was left in a state of abandonment and disrepair.
The new owners spent 3 years disassembling the house (again) and hauling it piece by piece over to the original site. They put it back together making sure that every salvageable bit of the house was used. They replicated the things that couldn’t be saved – like the windows.
This little log house on the prairie has endured a lot of man-handling over the years.
But now look how gorgeous it is!
The owners currently offer the cabin as a vacation rental so if you are passing through the Decorah area, you can stay in this amazing historic cabin instead of a yucky Motel Six.
The nightly rates range from $125 to $140, depending on the day of the week.
The Trout River Log Cabin is situated on a large farmstead and the owners live in a nearby house. They do have some livestock but “don’t derive much income from it”.
I think the idea of providing a historic log cabin as a vacation rental is an admirable way to generate some income and show off the region’s vintage bounty.
And how could you pass up this quiet prairie view?
It sure beats a parking lot full of big-rig trucks and the relentless sounds of the Interstate.
So the next time you are passing though northeast Iowa, do your weary traveling soul a favor and look up the Trout River Log Cabin.