Tiny House in a Landscape

Deschutes River Cabin

My son Ted and I spent Thanksgiving this year on our own. My wife Janelle’s mother had open heart surgery so she has been down with her. Our daughter Emily stayed in Portland and celebrated Thanksgiving with friends.

We decided to find a place that served a traditional Thanksgiving meal and was open on the holiday and ended up at the Riverhouse Restaurant. While eating our dinner we spotted this old log cabin across the river and decided to check it out when we were done. Turns out it has a pretty interesting history. Copyright Photo by Kent Griswold

The cabin was used by the Old Sterns Cattle Company as a mine shack in the early 1900s along the Lazy River, south of Sunriver, Oregon.

In the 1970s, it was used in an old Western film with John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn called “Rooster Cogburn.” Shot in Smith Rock State Park, the cabin moved to this site after filming ended. A piece of old Hollywood in our little town of Bend, Oregon!

Managing Partner of the Riverhouse Hotel, Wayne Purcell, talks about the history of this cabin in the video below from Zolo Media.

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Becca - December 1, 2014 Reply

Such beautiful colors… and an awesome history behind it.

Steven Pitchford - December 2, 2014 Reply

Kent, I’ve been noticing your photography for some time now. The cabin photo is outstanding! Did you by chance use a large format camera? If not, what focal length of the lens you used?
Happy trails,
SteveP

    Kent Griswold - December 2, 2014 Reply

    Hi Steve, no this photo was taken on an iPhone 5 which is what I use for most of my photography lately. Thanks though for thinking it was on a large format camera.

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