"...Leaky Ten Foot Shanty"

Photograph of a frontier cabin, 1880.

A leaky shanty, 1880.

Minnesota Historical Society Photograph Collection, E200 r89

"We finally arrived at the homestead. We set our stove in the yard by a tree and lived in the shanty until our new log house was completed. The shanty was covered with seven loads of hay to make it warm inside and a quilt was hung over the door. Here we lived for two months, suffering at times from rain penetrating."
—John A. Jones. 1914.

John A. Jones in Old Rail Fence Corners : The A.B.C.'s of Minnesota History: Authentic Incidents (Austin, Minnesota, 1914).