Shorty Lovelace Historic District

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Shorty Lovelace Historic District
Cabin at Woods Creek, 1967
Shorty Lovelace Historic District is located in California
Shorty Lovelace Historic District
Nearest city Pinehurst, California
Coordinates 36°44′26″N 118°31′3″W / 36.74056°N 118.51750°W / 36.74056; -118.51750Coordinates: 36°44′26″N 118°31′3″W / 36.74056°N 118.51750°W / 36.74056; -118.51750
Built 1910
Architect Lovelace,Shorty
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body National Park Service
NRHP Reference # 78000293
Added to NRHP January 31, 1978[1]

The Shorty Lovelace Historic District includes a series of cabins built in Kings Canyon National Park by trapper Joseph Walter "Shorty" Lovelace between 1910 and 1940. Lovelace was the first non-Native American to live year-round in the upper Kings River Canyon.[2] Lovelace may have built as many as thirty-six structures in the area, with possible a dozen surviving. Lovelace built his first cabins in 1912 at Crowley Canyon. The cabins were typically five feet by seven feet with dirt floors.[3]

Structures include:

  • Williams (Quartz) Meadow Cabin
  • Sphinx Creek Cabin
  • Crowley Canyon Cabin
  • Granite Pass Cabin
  • Vidette Meadow Cabin
  • Gardiner Creek Cabin
  • Woods Creek Cabin
  • Cloud Canyon Cabin
  • Lower Bubbs Creek


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Granite Pass Shorty Lovelace Cabin". List of Classified Structures. National Park Service. 2008-12-09. 
  3. ^ William Tweed (1977). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Shorty Lovelace Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. 

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