Hasselborg Lake Shelter Cabin, East – Admiralty Island AK

City:
Admiralty Island, Angoon, AK

Site Type:
Campgrounds and Cabins, Parks and Recreation

New Deal Agencies:
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Work Relief Programs

Completed:
1936

Site Survival:
Extant

Description

A 1992 survey of the National Register of Historic Places describes the condition of the site: “The Hasselborg Lake East Shelter Cabin, now in ruins, was a three-sided shelter built by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of the Admiralty Island Canoe Route. At one time it was an example of the three-sided Adirondack style shelter cabin built for public recreation in the 1930s, but now it has collapsed and been cannibalized for firewood. The site continues to be used as a recreational camp site.”

“Built in the Adirondack style, the three-sided Hasselborg Lake East Shelter Cabin had a peeled log superstructure and shake walls and roof. The cabin is now in ruins. The sill logs are in their original orientation and have dimensions similar to the standing cabins. The notches for attachment of the vertical posts are evident, as are the galvanized nails. A few bleached logs of purlin size, now burned, are scattered about. A photograph at the Admiralty Island National Monument shows the site a decade or so ago, when the structure had already collapsed but more of the structural elements were visible. The current canoe route map marks the spot as a “primitive campsite.

The site is located where the outlet stream of Beaver Lake enters Hasselborg Lake. The natural environment is similar to its appearance in the 1930s.”

Source notes

United States Department of the Interior National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Hasselborg Lake Shelter Cabin East, Admiralty National Monument, Tongass National Forest, (https://npgallery.nps.gov/pdfhost/docs/NRHP/Text/95001308.pdf), accessed on May 27, 2017.

Wikipedia page:
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasselborg_Lake_East_Shelter_Cabin), accessed on May 27, 2017.

Site originally submitted by Brent McKee on May 27, 2017.

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