“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Crooks in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Oyen-Person Log Cabin

Oyen-Person Log Cabin Marker <i>(Side one)</i> image. Click for full size.
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1. Oyen-Person Log Cabin Marker (Side one)
Inscription.  During the winter of 1880-1881, Iver Oyen made a number of ten-mile round trips between his homestead claim and a stand of timber along the Big Sioux River. After he felled, dressed, and debarked large cottonwood and maple trees, his team of horses dragged the tree trunks to his claim. He then whipsawed them into thick uniform planks for the walls of a log cabin 12-˝ by 14-feet.

Oyen drilled holes through the vertical width of each plank. Branches were straightened to become dowels and were inserted to align the plank walls. He notched plank ends to make double dovetailed corners, a typical Scandinavian feature.

A year later Oyen traded his claim and cabin to Lars Person. During the Dakota Boom, at times the tiny cabin's loft and lower level provided sleeping space for as many as 15 persons, including newly arrived Norwegian immigrants and the Person family.

In 1999 at the urging of Art Moe, owner Vince Hanson donated the Oyen-Person log cabin to the Minnehaha County Historical Society. After a six-year, $15,000 restoration, it was moved to this site in 2005.
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2007 by the Minnehaha County Historical Society in memory of Art O. Moe.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
Location. 43° 42.147′ N, 96° 47.45′ W. Marker is near Crooks, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker is on 471st Avenue south of 254th Street (County Road 122), on the left when traveling south. The marker is located on the grounds of West Nidaros Lutheran Church near Crooks. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25403 471st Ave, Crooks SD 57020, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Nidaros Church Replica (a few steps from this marker); Old Nidaros Replica Church (a few steps from this marker); To God Be The Glory! (within shouting distance of this marker); John Thompson, Pioneer / Early Settlers' Association (approx. 2˝ miles away); Lyons High School (approx. 4.1 miles away); Benton Lutheran Church (approx. 4.3 miles away); Peter Byg, Prairie Fire Victim (approx. 4.4 miles away); Saint Olaf Roller Mill and Power Dam (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crooks.
Oyen-Person Log Cabin Marker <i>(Side two)</i> image. Click for full size.
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2. Oyen-Person Log Cabin Marker (Side two)
Oyen-Person Log Cabin & Marker image. Click for full size.
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3. Oyen-Person Log Cabin & Marker
Oyen-Person Log Cabin Interior image. Click for full size.
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4. Oyen-Person Log Cabin Interior
Double Dovetailed Corners image. Click for full size.
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5. Double Dovetailed Corners
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 28, 2021. This page has been viewed 182 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 28, 2021. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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