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Wadeson Cabin


It was on this date in 1957 that the State Historical Society acquired Wadeson Cabin; an old hand-hewn log building on the eastern bank of the Sheyenne River near Kathryn, North Dakota. Built in 1876 by Carl Jenson and Jon Bjerke, the Wadeson Cabin established itself as an important local landmark; serving as a pioneer home, community center, country store and an icehouse.

While no longer inhabited, the Wadeson Cabin remains an important state historic site. The cabin is one of the oldest in the state and its simple yet solid, hand-built construction reminds visitors of the ingenuity and can-do spirit of North Dakota's earliest European settlers.

Dakota Datebook written by Lane Sunwall


Snortland, J. Signe, ed. A Traveler's Companion to North Dakota State Historic Sites. Bismarck, ND: State Historical Society of North Dakota, 2002.

State Historical Society of North Dakota, "State Historical Society of North Dakota Strategic Long Range Plan" (accessed January 19, 2009).