Stump Houses of the Pacific Northwest


Stump Houses of the Pacific Northwest

The Stump Houses of the Pacific Northwest
Stump Houses of the Pacific Northwest

Stump Houses are somewhat part of the national American heritage. The 19th century brought a lot of settlers into the Pacific Northwest. But the journey there, as well as what they found, was not as serene as they once hoped. Besides the many perils of the wild they had to face, logger companies didn’t make their lives any easier either. In fact, these new settlers had to “fight” over every scrap of wood they encountered in order to build their homes, barns and other structures they needed.

And most often than not, these new arrivals had to make due with what was left and what the loggers didn’t consider valuable; namely the tree stumps. This is where these stump houses came into being. Some of these stump houses were as tall as ten feet, and these new colonists have to adapt to them.

With most of the ancient and massive forests now cleared, the settlers had a lot of land at their disposal, ready for farming. But there was a catch. Besides their stump houses, farmers also had to burn or uproot the rest of them. This was the only way they could make enough room for anything to be planted.

But instead of taking up such an undertaking, people decided to use most of these stumps and transform them in anything they needed. They even kept their livestock safe in them, from bears or any other wild animals. But these stump houses were, of course, temporary and acted as a safe haven from the elements and other wild predators. Soon enough, however, settlers began building regular houses from these tree stumps and only used them as animal shelters and barns.


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