Tiny House in a Landscape

by Kent Griswold on December 1st, 2012. 12 Comments
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This week’s Tiny House in a Landscape is a series of photographs taken by Jennifer Borek who publishes her own blog at www.kannallc.com. Jennifer took a tour of the Kansas prairie today where she is temporarily living (long-term contract).

The photos are of the Kaw House a reconstructed model built in 1961. The government built these on the Kaw Reservation. However, the Kaws preferred living in their own tipis and bark-and-mat lodges and they ended up being used as shelters for their animals.

Thank you Jennifer for sharing your photos and this interesting bit of history.


cottage 2

cottage 3


December 1st, 2012and filed in Tiny House Landscape
Tags: cottage, Kaws, Kay House, lodges, shelters, tipis

12 Responses to “Tiny House in a Landscape”

  1. Great looking home. Any photos of the interior treatments?

  2. Hey, Kansas girl, here! Nice touch featuring Kansas. Thank you!

  3. Jammie F. says:

    Nice piece of history, very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jenn says:

    Hi, Walt – I peeked inside and there is a gorgeous large fireplace. But, the buildings were closed for the month of November. I could only peek in the window and my camera wasn’t good enough to get a photo. I have more to explore in Council Grove. If I can get inside pictures, I’ll be sure to share.

  5. Joe3 says:

    Thanks for sharing, it is a interesting piece of history. I’d also love to see the inside photos when it happens.

  6. Kurt says:

    What’s the metal thing in the foreground of the first picture?

    • Jenn says:

      I was wondering the same thing. It didn’t have a sign and the exhibit was not officially open. I’ll see if I can find out.

    • alice h says:

      Looks like a horse watering trough. There may once have been a hand pump in the upper section that you could use to fill it. The spout likely came out of the opening just above the trough.

  7. richleen12 says:

    My husband grew up in a tiny town near Council Grove called Dunlap, KS. I wonder if this was near there?

  8. steve says:

    The metal stand is definitely the base of a pump. it was placed over a well or cistern (catchment storage). the pump mechanism extended above the base 2-3′ and it had a long handle. the spout would have been in the slot above the catch basin.
    My grandparents had a very similar model to this on their cistern, and it was operable as late as 1959.

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