Dassler Cabin, Isle Royale
As part of my residency on Isle Royale with the National Park Services, I stayed in a secluded, rustic cabin built by the Dassler Family in 1905 on Tobin Harbor. In the early nineteen hundreds there were 24 cabins along the harbor enjoying the fresh air of Lake Superior, their annual regattas, and summer family gatherings. In 1940 the National Parks purchased most cabins from the families, and the remaining families chose a life lease, with only a handful still remaining. When I entered the cabin I was deeply impressed at the preservation of this family's summer cottage. The stone fireplace, the wooden rocker, the black and white photos of times gone by, the kitchen cups and plates, these items set before me, are the antiques and artifacts of the golden years of Isle Royale.