You don't need to hike to the Romero Cabin. It is located in beautiful downtown Los Alamos, northeast of Fuller Lodge.
The Romero Cabin was first built in the 1910s. It was rebuilt in 1934 by Victor Romero with help from his son-in-law Bences Gonzales. It is one of the last examples of an unmodified homestead cabin on the Pajarito Plateau. This is not the cabin's original location. In 1985 it was moved from Laboratory property (off of Pajarito Road) to be part of the History Museum Campus. It has been restored several times, but the size, shape, and style remain the same.
The Romero family of eight (two parents and six children) used this cabin during the summer season. Imagine all of them living in this cabin! How is this home the same or different from our homes today?
1. Notice how are the logs meet at each corner.
2. The cabin roof is called a "shed roof." Why do you think it slopes in this direction?
3. Assess the wattle between the logs. Where does it need to be repaired?
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