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T. Knight | profile | all galleries >> Arizona Places >> Looking for Cline Cabin tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Looking for Cline Cabin

I first saw Cline Cabin in 1972. We saw it a second time in 1973. It was located along FR143, Four Peaks Road, in the Tonto National Forest. The first time we drove Four Peaks road was in 1972 in my brother's bright, red-orange Willys Jeep. At that time there was a Forest Service sign pointing the way to Cline Cabin. It was a short drive down a dirt road that I now know is FR143A, to the old cabin. I remember the cabin was green and had a funny looking roof. It had a large, screened in area. Inside I remember someone had written on the wall, "George Washington slept here." There were no digital cameras back then and developing film was expensive so unfortunately we didn't take many pictures of the cabin. On October 12, 2009 I found the site where the cabin used to be. It's a bare spot, a dirt turnaround at the end of FR143A. I did find 2 old cement water troughs at the cabin site, one near where the cabin used to be, and the second one on the other side of Picadilla creek. The creek was dry, but the spring we took a picture of in 1973 was still there. The creek bed looked more eroded because of the fairly recent wildfire that burned the area. The two mesquite trees by the gate in the old picture were still there, but all the fencing was gone. I am trying to find out what happened to the cabin. I emailed a letter to Tonto National Forest about it.

UPDATE: On October 20, 2009 I received an answer from Tonto National Forest concerning what happened to Cline Cabin. Their answer was, "Cline Cabin burned to the ground in an arson started fire. We think it happened in the early 80s."
Cline Cabin in 1972
Cline Cabin in 1972
Shirley at Cline Cabin in 1973
Shirley at Cline Cabin in 1973
The Jeep at Cline Cabin site
The Jeep at Cline Cabin site
Same shot as the first old picture of the cabin
Same shot as the first old picture of the cabin
Where the old picture of the cabin was taken
Where the old picture of the cabin was taken
The two mesquite trees that are in the old picture
The two mesquite trees that are in the old picture
Old trough at Cline Cabin site
Old trough at Cline Cabin site
Ballantine Trail passes by  Cline Cabin Site
Ballantine Trail passes by Cline Cabin Site
Spring in Picadilla Creek
Spring in Picadilla Creek
Tammy and Lerayne by the spring in Picadilla Creek in 1973
Tammy and Lerayne by the spring in Picadilla Creek in 1973
Sycamores in Picadilla Creek
Sycamores in Picadilla Creek
Fire-burned pine above Picadilla Creek
Fire-burned pine above Picadilla Creek
Fall color on the bank of Picadilla creek - Sumac species
Fall color on the bank of Picadilla creek - Sumac species
Second water trough on the North side of Picadilla creek
Second water trough on the North side of Picadilla creek
Second water trough
Second water trough
Burned sugar bushes near Cline Cabin site
Burned sugar bushes near Cline Cabin site
Jeep at the start of FR143A
Jeep at the start of FR143A