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
Shorty Lovelace Historic District is located in the US
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
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 Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  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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