Oregon’s oldest enigma: the Molalla Log House

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Molalla log House, 2021. (Image courtesy of demonstrationforest.org)

The title holder of Oregon’s oldest building is a difficult one to pinpoint. But the Molalla Log House, a humble structure nestled near Canby, is a strong contender. Built sometime between 1795 and 1810, this log house predates documented construction and whispers tales of early fur traders or explorers. While its origins remain unclear, dating techniques and historical research suggest it may have been built before even the famous Lewis and Clark expedition.

The Molalla Log House stands as a testament to Oregon’s early frontier life. Today, it’s undergoing restoration, aiming to preserve this captivating piece of the state’s history.

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