The Paulson House, photo submitted c. 1971
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Paulson House
South of Au Train on USFS Rd. 2278 in Hiawatha National Forest (Sec. 6, T46N, R20W), Au Train Township - Alger County
Property Type log house
Historic Use DOMESTIC
Current Use RECREATION AND CULTURE/museum
Style Other
Architect/Builder CHARLES PAULSON
Narrative Description The Paulson House is an L-shaped log house with a one-and-one-half-story side-gable section measuring twenty-five-feet long and twenty-nine-feet wide and a single-story side-gable ell measuring twelve-feet-long and fifteen-feet-wide. The cedar logs are planed off and V-notching is used at the corners. The house's gables are sheathed in vertical boarding.
Statement of Significance The Paulson House is a significant example of early ethnic log houses in Alger County. It was completed in 1883 by Charles Paulson, a Swede who established a homestead in AuTrain after working as a miner in the Ishpeming-Negaunee area. Vacant for years, the building needed and received many internal and external repairs during the early 1970s. Prior to World War I the loft area upstairs was used as a schoolhouse for area children. The Paulson House now serves as a museum.
Marker Name Paulson House
Marker Text PAULSON HOUSE Swedish pioneer Charles Paulson purchased one hundred acres of land here in 1884 and constructed this cabin for his family home. Built of hand-hewn cedar logs securely dovetailed at the corners, the house was occupied by Paulson and his wife until their deaths in 1925. At the turn of the century the three Paulson daughters were able to attend the district school which met in the upper story. Today the restored Paulson House serves as a museum of pioneer life.
Period of Significance 1866-1900
Significant Date(s) 1883
Registry Type(s) 08/14/1972 Marker erected
11/09/1972 National Register listed
02/11/1972 State Register listed
Site ID# P22431