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Johnny Sack Cabin

By coolsen - Posted on 12 January 2018

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  • Site # 12
  • GPS Coordinates: N44.50019 W111.25485
  • Elevation: 6400 feet
  • Benchmark Page: 59
  • Benchmark Coordinates: C-D8 Idaho
  • Ride Difficulty: 1


Johnny Sack's Cabin is located at Big Springs, five miles east of Mack's Inn on Highway 20 in Island Park, Idaho.  The cabin can be reached via a short, paved walking path starting in the campground at Big Springs.  The cabin's unique location, construction, and furnishings provide for an interesting visit.  Johnny Sack, a German cabinet maker, came to the United States in his 20's.  In 1929, he leased a small tract of land at Big Springs from the Forest Service.  The cabin was started in 1932 and completed three years later.  Even though he was a bachelor all his life, he had many friends and visitors.  Consequently, he added on to the house over the years.  What makes the craftsmanship of his cabin unique is the use of bark in the details of the house and his furniture.  Through careful preparation of the lumber, the bark remains on the wood, providing a creative texture and color to the trim of windows, wall panels, ceiling lamps, chairs, desks, beds, and other wooden items.  John Sack was only 4 feet 11 inches tall.  While most of the house has typical ceilings, his work area in the basement reflects his small statue.  In the winter he would move his work area in front of the fire place on the main floor.  After Johnny's death in 1957, the cabin was to be removed along with all the other private Cabins in the area.  Through the efforts of interested citizens, the cabin and its colorful history was preserved.  The cabin is maintained by a local non profit organization.   Johnny Sack’s Cabin is adjacent to Big Springs producing over 120 million gallons of water each day.  It is a primary source of the North Fork or Henrys Fork of the Snake River.  The Big Springs is also famous for its large rainbow trout, which congregate at the foot of the bridge waiting to be fed by the tourists (coin-operated feeding dispensers are there).  No fishing is allowed until below the outlet to Henry's Lake, several miles away.  Big Springs was named a National Natural Landmark in 1980 and is the only first-magnitude spring in the country that issues forth from rhyolitic lava flows.


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Posted by Cuprum Hermit on 2018-07-09 07:54

 Ive been through the cabin about 8 years ago, but could not remember how to get to it.  

Posted by shutterman on 2018-08-19 08:59

Photo taken August 11.

Posted by coolsen on 2018-08-21 10:34

 Short little guy built this.  

Posted by AGHill on 2018-11-27 12:04

 August - on my way back from Sturgis

Posted by CBMMA1969 on 2018-12-21 13:17