Cabin at Twin Lakes
Now the centerpiece of a National Register Historic Site, Richard Proenneke built his cabin from 1967 - 1968.
Although Proenneke's was not the first or biggest cabin built in the Alaskan Bush, it stands out for the remarkable craftsmanship that reflects his unshakeable wilderness ethic. He built the cabin using only hand tools -- and he built many of the hand tools, too! Throughout the thirty years he lived at the cabin, Proenneke created homemade furniture and implements that reflect his woodworking genius.
Proenneke had the foresight to film the construction of his cabin, intending to leave step-by-step instructions for creating a hand-built structure. He also kept detailed journals recording everything from his daily activities to wildlife sightings and visits from friends and fans. In addition, his weather observations are one of the longest data sets available to park scientists.
Did You Know?
Willow ptarmigan, found across southwest Alaska, are white in the winter and brown in the summer. These notoriously slow birds need extra camouflage from predators!