Setoff Houses

The portable cabins used to house loggers and their families in the backcountry camps were known as "setoff houses." They were built in the company shops in Townsend, transported on flatcars and "setoff" along the tracks. They were often set together in rows known as "stringtowns," sometimes perilously hung on hillsides. Larger families might have several adjoining units, so these were early mobile homes, even modular homes.

       
Vintage Setoff House at Museum Setoff Houses above Tremont Stringtown Above Elkmont
Setoff Houses above Tremont Loading Setoff House Train of Setoff Houses

 

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