Tourist Cabin from Irish Hills Area of Michigan, circa 1935

Summary

Motorists weary of roughing it in tents found that homey little cabins like this one offered a convenient, economical alternative. By the 1930s, tourist cabins were popping up everywhere. This cabin, once part of a cluster along U.S. Route 12 in Michigan's Irish Hills, featured a double bed, a small potbellied stove for year-round use, and a chamber pot -- a portable commode.

Motorists weary of roughing it in tents found that homey little cabins like this one offered a convenient, economical alternative. By the 1930s, tourist cabins were popping up everywhere. This cabin, once part of a cluster along U.S. Route 12 in Michigan's Irish Hills, featured a double bed, a small potbellied stove for year-round use, and a chamber pot -- a portable commode.

Artifact

Tourist cabin

Date Made

circa 1935

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Brooklyn 

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

86.184.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Bernard and Helen Reinink.

Material

Wood (Plant material)
Glass (Material)
Paint (Coating)

Color

White (Color)
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 10 ft  (10')

Width: 10.25 ft  (10'-3")

Length: 12.333 ft  (12'-4")