"An American Log-House," A Journey in North America, Georges Henri Victor Collot, 1826

Log Houses

Log cabins were already part of the Ohio River Valley landscape in 1796 when Georges Henri Victor Collot, a French military engineer, conducted a reconnaissance trip down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. A few individuals could construct a temporary log house more quickly and economically than a wood or stone house. Lincoln’s 1860 autobiography mentions log cabins that his family built as their first residences when they moved to Indiana in 1816 and again to Illinois in 1830.