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Foreman cabin 1920's

The Foreman Cabin

Felix Foreman immigrated from England in 1885 and first settled in El Dorado County. After a few years he met and married Canadian born Jane Dunlop in El Dorado County; three sons followed - Felix, David and Edgar O.. After many years of camping in Giant Forest and Mineral King, Felix and Jane Dunlop Foreman built their cabin in 1910. Felix was then the superintendent of the Ohio Lemon Company in Lemon Cove. Felix and Jane moved to San Francisco in 1920 so it was 1927 when the cabin was sold to Norbert and Mabelle Mixter. (Norbert son of Francis and Melvina Pogue Mixter)

The cabin was damaged, along with many others, in the 1932 severe winter storm. Norbert rebuilt using basically the same plan but enlarged it a bit. Norbert now had a new cabin and the permit for same. Norbert passed away in 1981. Upon Mabelle's passing in 1984, the Park Service required that the cabin be torn down to dirt level. In May 1983 a propane fire destroyed the Botkin cabin, so Bob Mixter (Norbert's son) and Mike Botkin jointly approached the Park Service. They strongly persuaded the Park Service to allow Mike to assume the permit. It was to the Park's advantage to allow Mike to become the new permittee rather than tearing the cabin down - Mike being a Park employee. The permit transfer took place in 1985. Mike and Jana Botkin are the current residents of the cabin.


Foreman cabin July 2001

Footnote - When private property ownership became available in Silver City, Felix and Jane's son, Edgar Foreman, purchased his lot in 1932 and built his cabin. Edgar's son, Harold Foreman, built his Silver City cabin in 1961. To this day Felix and Jane's descendents are enjoying spending some summer time vacation in the Mineral King valley.

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