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A White Pine Log Ranch in the Redwood Forest

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Deep in the heart of giant sequoia country, a white pine log ranch stands out from the crowd.

Story by Donna Peak
Photography by Peter Amend
Courtesy of Real Log Homes MeekerThreeRivers31

The low, long profile of Charlie and Esther’s log home, coupled with the shed dormer and stone accents, is a nod to their inclination toward Craftsman-style architecture. Nestled in the western slope of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, and just steps away from Sequoia National Park, sits a log home as distinctive as the famed colossal trees that embrace it.

A decade ago, Charlie and Esther Huecker were drawn to this stunning piece of property and its storied past. The site houses remnants of a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp —a U.S. public relief program for unemployed men as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal during the Great Depression.

The young men who lived and worked here built the roads and bridges that would provide access to the park. The site also served as a working cattle ranch from the late 1800s until just as recently as 20 years ago, and evidence of this history, including barns, corrals and a water tower, still stands. MeekerThreeRivers24

The wood-burning stove in the first-floor master is backed by manufactured stone — a material that is fire resistant and protects the logs from excessive heat. Initially, Charlie and Esther enjoyed time with their family at the ranch on weekends and long holidays; however, when it was time to consider a more permanent residence here, they didn’t exactly agree on what kind of home to build. Charlie was drawn to ranch-style log homes.

He prized the way the natural materials and low profile would live in harmony with the surroundings. Esther, on the other hand, wasn’t convinced. The only log homes she knew were in the traditional Western style, with large, round logs and a distinctly mountain-lodge feel, and that was not what she was envisioning as her home.

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