A project of IOWA CITY PARKS AND RECREATION FOUNDATION
Help us restore the historic log cabins in City Park!
The two log cabins in Upper City Park, known as the Old Settlers' Association of Johnson County Cabins, were entered into the National Register of Historic Places on June 25, 2013. These cabins are in need of immediate restoration; foundation, roof, logs and interior.
As the last surviving buildings built by the Johnson County Old Settlers, the log cabins in City Park serve as a significant reminder of how far we have come as a community, a city, and a county. Beginning in 1918, when both log cabins became permanently situated in Upper City Park, and until their closure in 2009, these historic pioneer-era replicas provided for the Iowa City community as a social, natural, recreational, and educational resource for Iowa residents. The cabins were not only utilized by local groups such as scout troops, university students, schools districts, and historical societies for organized programming, but also by the general public as a historical landmark and community destination. With the cabins having recently been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is more than ideal for these historic structures to be preserved for the education and use of future generations to come. Once successfully restored, the cabins can once again stand as a destination location for educational programming, as well as social gatherings and events.