Childhood dream is now Crooked Creek Cabin

Duane Roseth likes to build things such as saddles and remote-controlled airplanes. A lifetime dream for him has been to have a cabin on his land next to Crooked Creek.

One Sunday, Roseth wanted to show visitors his idea of the ultimate cabin spot. The road to the isolated spot was “a little treacherous” according to Roseth’s wife, Lola. As they stepped out of the pickup, they heard the familiar, yet alarming sound of a rattle snake. The tour was immediately over. When machinery was leveling the ground for the cabin, they dug up a rattlesnake den. A quick decision was made to move the cabin site to a different location.

The cabin has been in the works for over a year. The cabin measures 16’x32’. The foundation and floor were built on the new site. The wall posts are untreated high line poles. Roseth originally built the cabin next to his barn at the home place. He would put a log or two up some nights after he was done with other work and chores. He numbered the logs, then disassembled the cabin, hauled the logs down to the creek and reassembled the cabin there. He had some equipment specially built to handle the large logs.

The interior is all one room, except for the small “biffy” that has just been completed. Roseth built bunk beds out of cottonwood trees. Heat is from a wood burning stove which came out of an old school house. A “homey” lodge-like atmosphere comes from the walls being adorned with pelts of a bobcat that Lola's aunt shot in Wyoming and a coyote that Duane had trapped. Duane's childhood BB gun, several deer horns, and other items are on display on the walls.

Outside, the cabin has a covered deck, is surrounded by a rail fence, and trees have been planted. Future plans are to build an outdoor campfire pit and possibly other improvements as time permits.

The cabin is close to the area where the Roseths cut their Christmas tree each year. Very close to the cabin is a grouse stomping ground. When sitting on the deck at night, the Roseths and guests can hear the distant call of coyotes or sometimes a bobcat.

With some of the most difficult work, help has come from the couple’s three children – Kayce, Thor and Rhett, from brother-in-law Larry Smith, niece and nephew-in-law Matt and Lindsey Mangis, Jon and Wyatt Johnson and Dick Hudson.

The Roseths plan to use the cabin as a peaceful "get away" and for entertaining guests.