Long Prairie Cabin is located near Union Creek, Oregon. A sign inside reads the following:
Long Prairie Cabin
Long Prairie was named many years ago for the long meadows that extend westward and upslope towards the Rogue-Umpqua divide. A few, scattered obsidian tools - left behind by native people - provide solid evidence that the Long Prairie meadows have been a favorite hunting area for centuries.
Long Prairie Cabin is an abandoned "line shack". The cabin - built by cattlemen before the road came up to Long Prairie - was used each year during cattle let-out and round-up times. Most likely, Eagle Point-area stockman Marshall Minter (who had a Forest Service grazing permit for this area during those years) erected this little frame structure during the 1920s or early 1930s.
During World War Two, a married couple hired by the U.S. Army Air Corps stayed up at Hershberger Lookout (located several miles up on road 6515 from here) from early 1942 to late 1943. They lived there all through the cold, windy, and snow-bound winter; their job: to scan the skies every few hours for possible aircraft coming over Oregon from the Pacific.
During that wartime winter, this cabin served as a safe, snug place for Forest Service crews to camp, as they skied and snow shoed up to Hershberger with food and other supplies.
As a visitor here, you're part of a continuing tradition: Over the years numerous campers have stayed at Long Prairie, especially during huckleberry-picking and hunting seasons. And, the cabin, like it did over three-quarters of a century ago, can still provide some shelter from the rain or wind.
Long Prairie Cabin was stabilized and restored by the Forest Service in 2004. As a unique example of an old-time line shack remaining on the National Forest, it's a small but important part of our history.
Please take care of the cabin:
Whether or not you're staying at the nearby camping spot, use Long Prairie cabin as a sleeping shelter only. No fires or stoves permitted inside or within 30 feet of the structure, and no modifying the cabin in any way. (Damaging this historic cabin is prohibited under penalty of law, 36 CFR 261.91[e].) Please pick up and remove your trash when leaving. Thank you!
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