Log cabins, as the name suggests are cabins that are made out of a series of logs. Log cabins are houses with very simple designs that are particularly popular in the northern hemisphere. Cabins made of logs are commonly built in rural areas in many places throughout the world and they can also be found in urban areas in regions that are rich in timber.
The very first log cabins in the United States were built by the Swedes approximately around the year 1638 in the area that has come to be known as Wilmington, Delaware. Many people wrongly assumed that it was the first English settler that built these types of log homes but it was the Swedes instead.
The majority of the log cabins that were constructed in the 18th century in the United States are no longer around as many fell into disrepair. Most of these cabins were not built to withstand the elements and the test of time. They were not intended for permanent living. The ones that are still around have been turned into animal shelters, coops and other similar uses.
The strongest and most resilient log cabins were made with siding. With this kind, the logs were attached together on the interior of the cabin as well as being covered with a number of different materials to make them strong. Some of the material used included wallpaper or plaster over lath.
There are older dwellings that are strewn throughout the Canadian Prairies and the American Midwest that are log cabins that were carefully constructed and covered with clapboards and assorted materials. To use an example, in Boise, Idaho there is a log cabin called the O’Farrell Cabin that was built in or around 1865 and it was covered with newspaper and over that was backed wallpaper. Log cabins are still as popular today as they ever were for those interested in building them.