Pioneers On The Edge of The American Frontier Really Did Live In These Astonishing Stump Houses

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Image: via TheVintageNews / via Pinterest/Linda Guy Phillips
Image: via The Vintage News / via Pinterest/Linda Guy Phillips

At the turn of the 20th century, life in the Pacific Northwest was still a struggle for some. After all, while the Wild West and the Civil War were still within living memory, the American Frontier had been pushed back to the furthest corners of the continent. What’s more, the daily lives of people on that frontier remained full of hardship and difficulty. Yet that area of the U.S. still had its fair share of extraordinary sights at that time – such as these astonishing so-called “stump houses.”

Image: Lee Down
Image: Lee Down

At the edge of civilization, life was grueling. Working from dawn until dusk, farmers would have had to build and maintain their own homes as well as tending to their animals and crops. And that was in addition to seeing to a host of tasks that might be difficult to imagine today.

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Image: via BoingBoing
Image: via Boing Boing

Indeed, pioneers had to do whatever was necessary in order to stay alive. Even children as young as four would be put to work to help their families. And there was no limit to the chores that they might be tasked with – from milking cows and tending to animals to fetching water and churning cream to make butter.

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