An Outhouse Restoration in Tillamook County Oregon
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Outhouse before restoration
An Outhouse Restoration in Oregon
Photo from B. Hoyt
Outhouse before restoration
An Outhouse Restoration in Oregon
Photo from B. Hoyt
Outhouse before restoration
An Outhouse Restoration in Oregon
Photo from B. Hoyt
Beginning the roof
An Outhouse Restoration in Oregon
Photo from B. Hoyt
Inscription on the outhouse
An Outhouse Restoration in Oregon
Photo from B. Hoyt
Caulking some of the seam
An Outhouse Restoration in Oregon
Photo from B. Hoyt
The roof
An Outhouse Restoration in Oregon
Photo from B. Hoyt
Working on the roof
An Outhouse Restoration in Oregon
Photo from B. Hoyt
Completed and ready to move
An Outhouse Restoration in Oregon
Photo from B. Hoyt
Ready to move to its new home
An Outhouse Restoration in Oregon
Photo from B. Hoyt
Ready to roll
An Outhouse Restoration in Oregon
Photo from B. Hoyt
Ready to Roll
An Outhouse Restoration in Oregon
Photo from B. Hoyt
Side View
An Outhouse Restoration in Oregon
Photo from B. Hoyt
Preparing a place for it
An Outhouse Restoration in Oregon
Photo from B. Hoyt
Using some muscle to move it
An Outhouse Restoration in Oregon
Photo from B. Hoyt
Aha! Creating a moving pathway for the Outhouse
An Outhouse Restoration in Oregon
Photo from B. Hoyt
In position
An Outhouse Restoration in Oregon
Photo from B. Hoyt
In position
An Outhouse Restoration in Oregon
Photo from B. Hoyt
On its footing
An Outhouse Restoration in Oregon
Photo from B. Hoyt
Showing off the inside
An Outhouse Restoration in Oregon
Photo from B. Hoyt
Nice view of the completed restoration
An Outhouse Restoration in Oregon
Photo from B. Hoyt
    Here is the note that we received from Bill Hoyt, the restorer of this great looking Outhouse. "Just read about the Outhouse in Morton,Washington with great interest. We live in Tillamook, Oregon and moved an identical Outhouse from my grandparents home to ours a couple years ago. We restored our Outhouse and placed it in our garden as a tool shed. We were told that it was built by the CCC's during the 30's. It has the same concrete floor and seat riser, same dimensions, same siding. We had to cut the black berry vines away from it just to see it when we went to get it. Once at our place we completely dismantled it and rebuilt it on a new wood floor. It is also painted the original color." We think you will agree with us that this was a top notch restoration project! The CCC's went around building Outhouses in the 1930's and all of them were built with a cement floor and an interesting rectangular seat set up.
    Here is a little information about the WPA and what they did around the depression time: People were carpenters were needed by the government for this project. One person who sent us an Email said his father was a carpenter foreman and was hired by the Federal Government to build Outhouses for the WPA in the late 30's. He worked in Wisconsin, near Leona, when the State CCC workers program was going on. Most of the men were from the Chicago area. They were cutting fire lanes in the northern State Forests. The housing, cook shack and the Outhouses were all on skids and would be pulled from site to site via teams of draft horses and later with steam tractors. The Outhouses were the six and eight hole type. Keeping the Camp ahead of the men was a hard task and took its toll on the buildings - thus rebuilding and repair of the smaller Outhouses was a constant job. Someone sent me a booklet from the WPA with plans inside of it and I put it in the archives. I'm trying to remember where the archives are now! Millions of the WPA Outhouses were made during this period for sanitation in the Urban/Rural area and for the Forest Service, who setup the program. The booklet that was sent to me was a one-holer and they had a cement floor with a rectangular wooden structure rising out of it with the one hole covered by a wooden cover.

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