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Identification:

Preferred Structure Name:
Lonely Dell Ranch Polygamist Era Cabin
Structure Number:
HS-233
Other Structure Name(s):
 
Other Structure Name(s)
1. 
"Jerry" Johnson Cabin (posted sign)
2. 
Lonely Dell Ranch Blacksmith Shop
Park:
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Historic District:
 
Historic District
1. 
Lees Ferry/Lonely Dell Ranch Nat. His. District
Structure State:
Arizona
Structure County:
Coconino
Region:
Intermountain
Cluster:
Colorado Plateau
Administrative Unit:
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
LCS ID:
003989
 
Historical Significance:

National Register Status:
Entered - Documented
National Register Date:
11/04/1997
National Historic Landmark?:
No
Significance Level:
State
Short Significance Description:
District listed in the NRHP for its association with Mormon leader John D. Lee, regional transportation, Mormon settlement & agricultural development, survey & exploration of the Colorado River Basin, & vernacular architecture under Criteria A, B, & C. Period of significance 1871-1936.
Long Significance Description:
The Polygamist Era Cabin was most likely constructed in 1925 by Jerry Johnson, son of ferryman Warren Johnson.

The previously accepted history of the site has been revised due to evidence that has recently come to light and included in the Historic Structures Report (2000) completed by Alliance Architects, LLC. of Phoenix, AZ. Corrections have been made accordingly to this structure's history.
 
Construction Period:

Construction Period:
Historic
Chronology:
 
Physical Event
Begin Year
Begin Year AD/BC
End Year
End Year AD/BC
Designer
Designer Occupation
1. 
Built
1925
AD
1926
AD
Johnson, Jerry
Other
2. 
Altered
1930
AD



Other
3. 
Altered
1955
AD
1965
AD
Griffens, Gus
Other
4. 
Stabilized
1976
AD
1977
AD
NPS
Other
5. 
Stabilized
1983
AD


Goodall, Harrison-NPS
Other
6. 
Stabilized
2003
AD
2003
AD
Hutchison, Sayre IMR
Architect
7. 
Stabilized
2005
AD
2007
AD
NPS
Other
8. 
Stabilized
2005
AD
2005
AD
NPS MEVE Stabilization Crew
Other
 
Function and Use:

Primary Historic Function:
Single Family Dwelling
Primary Current Use:
Exhibit
Structure Contains Museum Collections?:
No
Other Functions or Uses:
 
Other Function(s) or Use(s)
Historic or Current
1. 
Processing
Historic
 
Physical Description:

Structure Type:
Building
Volume:
1 - 2,000 cubic feet
Square Feet:
208
Material(s):
 
Structural Component(s)
Material(s)
1. 
Walls
Log
2. 
Walls
Weatherboard
3. 
Roof
Asphalt
4. 
Framing
Log
5. 
Foundation
Sandstone/Brownstone
Short Physical Description:
One story rectangular (13'x16', 9' high) hewn-log building, "random" notching, pole chinking, mud daubing. Sandstone foundation. Gable roof w/ green rolled asphalt roofing. Vertical boards in gable ends. Shuttered window openings, board-and-batten doors.
Long Physical Description:
One-story log building with rectangular plan and sandstone foundation. Logs are V-notched, chinked with poles and daubed with mud and mortar. Some, but not all logs, are hewn. The large sill logs appear to be replacements. Wood shingles cover the shallow gable roof North and South sides. Rafter ends are exposed and gabled ends are finished with vertical boards. Fenestration is limited to a board-and-batten door offset to the north end of the east elevation; a shuttered window opening centered within the north elevation. A shuttered window opening offset to the north within the west elevation. Wide strap hinges secure the board-and-batten door and shutters.
The msin roof beam at the peak of the room is twisted clockwise approx: 30 degrees on the North end.
The interior is a single room and unfinisthed. There is a dirt floor, log walls, and open ceiling exposing the roof structure. The doors and windows are unframed.