Cabin at Twin Lakes
Now the centerpiece of a National Register Historic Site, Richard Proenneke built his cabin from 1967 - 1968.
Richard Proenneke is an example of self-reliance and independence. Only a person of extraordinary energy could have lived the life he chose. Despite his remote location, he maintained many friendships and wrote back to anyone who sent him a letter. He saw his correspondence, films and journals as a way to share a life untethered to the commercial world. Though fiercely independent, he was not a hermit.
Dick's book One Man's Wilderness and video 'Alone in the Wilderness' give a complete account of his first year at Twin Lakes. His journals form the basis of several other books and videos:
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Did You Know?
Richard Proenneke built his cabin on Twin Lakes using only hand tools and his own labor. He began work on the cabin in 1968 at the age of 51 and lived there until 1998, when he was 82.