Boekeloo Cabin - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore



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Boekelodge as it is known today, was built as a homestead cabin just after the turn of the century. The homesteader (the Cooper family) hunted, trapped, fished, and tended a garden to survive on the sandy Platte Plains from 1932-1935. When the Boekeloo family acquired the cabin in 1945, it had been abandoned for ten years. The family repaired and modernized the cabin and maintained it as a wilderness vacation spot. The family philosophy, as stated in 1955, was to maintain the wilderness character of the land. This included not subdividing the portion of the land on Lake Michigan, because it was felt this would adversely impact the natural features of the land.

Today the cabin represents a rapidly disappearing Michigan cultural resource – a rustic log cabin on an isolated pond. Similar cabins around the state are being torn down and replaced by more substantial homes or their landscapes are being converted from forest to resort developments. This site is historically significant because of the homesteader heritage and its wilderness landscape.
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