Joseph Franklin Barton Cabin

–Photographed 2015 by David Walton

Barton Cabin N.E. ViewView from EastBarton Cabin from WestBarton Cabin from WestBarton Cabin from SouthBedroom Barton CabinBarton Cabin Interiordetail Barton CabinMudstains from dirt roofWatering troughConstruction detaildetail of ceiling Barton CabinPot bellied stoveWell outside Barton CabinCabin by Joseph F Barton Family

Joseph Franklin and Harriet Richards Barton, with their eldest two daughters were vital participants in the San Juan Mission. In spite of Joseph's best efforts, two of his horses became blind in an outbreak of pinkeye before the trek. These horses, who could not see, were hitched to many of the teams, obediently leading them down the steep initial slope to the Colorado.
Joseph took a leading part in the education, civil, religious and financial affairs of the community. He was an exemplary neighbor, a good veterinarian. He had all the attributes to make him the fine colonizer he was. He eventually settled in Verdure, where he passed away.
Harriet possessed an exceptionally fine voice and sang in Alfred Durham's choir. When she and her husband settled in Bluff, she ecame very active in Church activities, especially the Relief Society and the Ward Choir. The couple had eight children: Harriet, Mary, Joseph Franklin, Morgan, Josephine, Isabel, Karl, and Wesley.
Their log cabin at Bluff, the only remaining original cabin, shows the detail and craftsmanship of the early log homes. Even tatters of muslin hung on the walls provide a glimpse of that early life.
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