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Tiny Trout River Log Cabin

This is the tiny trout river log cabin in Decorah, Iowa. It’s a classic example of what a tiny or small house can be designed and built like, even today.

From the outside, you’ll notice it has a nice covered front porch. When you go inside, you’ll find a living area, kitchen, bathroom, and an upstairs sleeping loft. This historic tiny cabin is available to vacation in.

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Tiny Trout River Log Cabin in Iowa

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  • Jeremy
    May 5, 2016, 4:56 pm

    Dick Proenneke, now there’s a guy who could build a log cabin!

    • Cate
      October 24, 2017, 11:29 am

      Made to last, for sure!!

  • Gigi
    May 5, 2016, 4:57 pm

    Cute little place for a getaway.

  • Rue
    May 5, 2016, 7:10 pm

    Odd the shower being not in the w.c., and I’d make a couple changes of personal preference in the kitchen….but still. So practical and charming and -just- the right size. I’d totally live here.

    I’ve never seen a whitewashed log cabin before….looks very nice.

  • jake
    May 5, 2016, 9:15 pm

    Wow! What a wonderful cabin. Solid. Well designed layout.

  • Bonnie
    May 6, 2016, 9:46 am

    Absolutely adorable – minus the deer head. It is the perfect plan for worry free living especially if built on scenic acreage like this tiny house – luv it!

  • Mary Lou
    May 6, 2016, 10:13 am

    I have to agree about the deer head and coyote pelt in the toilet. If you ever watch Dr. Oz and listen to him talk about airborne fecal matter then you wouldn’t want a pelt in there either. Living in the country and seeing so much destruction done by the deer population, I am not offended by the presence of the deer head but you do have to think about that kind of stuff when renting/attracting the general public. For me it is just a waste of space. I have seen the clapboard over the log done before. It was a popular upgrade in aesthetics, like when people started putting incredibly ugly aluminum siding on beautiful victorian homes. I love the place. I suppose if I were to make changes it would be to a smaller woodturning stove because I am sure that stove would certainly overheat that size of house and I would change the shower to a clawfoot tub. I think it is great that it is upstairs so you could relax and the toilet would still be available to other people. Love the comfy arm chairs…. reminds me of my grandmother and her rocking arm chair. this is now one of my favorite little houses!

  • Jackie Ruth Brown Koson
    May 6, 2016, 11:19 am

    When I hunt deer, I only take enough to fill my freezer once a year with venison which is a healthy lean meat that can be used and cooked in so many recipes. I use ever portion of the deer. After the kill, I cut it open to remove all of the internal organs. If I need to carry dead weight, this freezes up a lot of weight. I take the organs that I know either a friend or family member eats. The first organ I remove is the heart. Being a believer in God, I hold the heart up in to the air while looking up at the sky and Thank God for providing me with this meat. I then take the warm, bloody heart which just minutes prior sustained life and hold it up to my mouth with blood still oozing from it and take a huge bite out of it, chew it up and swallow it again giving thanks to God and thank-you to the deer for giving it’s life so that I may live. Sort of reminds me of God’s son Jesus who lost a lot of blood and giving up his life so we may live. I then cut up the remaining heart and give it to my dogs. I then carry the deer that is at least 80 pounds lighter up a hill and over to my cleaning station. I use each and every part of the deer. With dogs anxiously awaiting bones, there is not one bone that goes to waste. Even hoofs are dried and used as hooks, gun racks and so on,, Turkey vultures plummet down in the forest eating the innards that was removed. I bag up and use every portion of the deer. The tenderloin and back strap (the meat along the spine) is usually consumed quickly. It is my personal favorite part and just like fresh steak cut from a cow who in many times is taken in for slaughter in an inhumanly way; I know that what I do is humane. I keep the hide of the deer to use as a blanket/throw in my cabin. I even keep the brain from the skull to help tan the hide. I keep the entire head which is boiled down in a big pot for skull and antler cabin’ decor.’ Sometimes, I only keep the antlers. One or two deer mixed in with fish that I have caught myself, frozen garden veggies and other natural food found in our forest will sustain me for a year. In the grocery store, you never know what you are getting. Eating natural foods that have not been killed in humanely and butchered after being grown quickly induced with chemicals to fatten them up fast is the best way to obtain ones food which I am in disagreement of! There is absolutely nothing wrong with using hides incurred while harvesting meat. Antlers cut up makes great dog chews.. I currently have a bear hide that helps keep me warm in winter and all of the meat obtained by the bear was also eaten. Why not decorate your rental properties with prized trophies? If a person would not be able to handle seeing a hide in my rental,then they are not the person for me! Live and let live! One love another. Time is a-wastin.’ We are all one human family and for those of you who harvest a deer and only take the back strap and leave the reset for the vultures really need a wake up call. Donate the deer to a food bank. We have way to many people going hungry in America over senseless acts. Love your family and share. Keep it all simple.

    • Karen thatcher
      May 9, 2016, 5:58 am

      This is a good point. Much better than buying meat at the store and love the use of all parts.

    • Rev
      June 9, 2016, 10:41 pm

      Great familiar feel to the interior.

      We appreciate the animal presence, too. Our mules love a gut pile!

    • Cate
      October 24, 2017, 11:33 am

      The Bible tells us not to eat blood, which would be all over the raw heart you take a bite out of.

      • Cate
        October 24, 2017, 11:36 am

        One love another??? hahahahahahahaha

    • Lori
      December 18, 2017, 9:11 am

      I don’t like dead animals for decorations. Never have, never will. I love the home but wish they hadn’t put new siding up.

      • Marsha T Cowan
        January 7, 2021, 11:53 am

        They left the logs in the front of the cabin probably because the porch covering was able to protect them more through the years. I imagine after over a century the outside logs were showing a bit of wear and tear on the outside and maybe even damage, so covering in insulation and clappboard would make the house warmer, drier, and prettier. All the inside logs are in good shape and showing and have been restored beautifully. You do what you can with old buildings made of natural unpainted surfaces.

  • May 7, 2016, 11:05 am

    I love this cabin!

  • mm
    December 17, 2017, 3:42 pm

    Can’t like due to exploited animals everywhere, just plain cruel.

    • Marsha Cowan
      January 7, 2021, 11:43 am

      Can you like the meat department at a grocery store with all the animal parts cut up and wrapped and on display? I eat meat, and have eaten much deer as most of my family are hunters. A killed animal in hunting is not exploited; like was said earlier, every part is used for something, and what remains becomes food for the animals of the forest and compost for the earth. Cows (after being fattened in grossly inhumane ways and filth) are killed, choice pieces of meat taken, and then the rest goes into your glue, dog food, garden fertilizer, leather belts and shoes, etc. There is no difference except that the deer had a great life before it was killed and used, and the cows live a tortured existance of inprisonment. Wearing your leather belt, carrying your leather purse, and sporting your nice leather shoes is no different than hanging the deer head (with an amazing set of antlers) up on the wall. It is all display, and down through the ages man has used leather as blankets for warmth, covering the exterior of a home, wrapping babies, and many more things without illness. There is fecal matter on the bottom of every purse that was ever sat on a floor in a house or public building ( I just read this on a med review), because it is everywhere just like other substances, good and bad. We can’t get away from natural substances unless we live in a bubble. The good news is that any germs that might be present in any substance exposed to the air is probably and most likely dead and harmless.

      • Natalie C. McKee
        January 12, 2021, 3:08 pm

        Good points

  • Linda Tracy
    December 18, 2017, 10:06 pm

    Love Love Love

  • Theresa Perdue
    December 29, 2017, 11:04 pm

    I absolutely love everything about it😍

  • Marsha Cowan
    January 7, 2021, 11:58 am

    This is a really lovely house and a wonderful restoration job. I love the white exterior with the beige trim. The way you incorporated the bath, stairs, and wood stove was really nice, and I love the blue wall. I also love the yellow ceiling upstairs with the blue accent. The kitchen is very pretty. the whole house retains it’s rustic feel, but with modern conveniences. In a house so small, you managed to incorporate all the pretty amenites of a larger home, even a shower! It’s great! Wonderful home and great work.

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