Samuel Perry Dinsmoor, a retired schoolteacher, Civil War veteran, farmer and Populist politician, began building the Garden of Eden and Cabin Home in 1907 at the age of 64.
For 22 years he fashioned 113 tons (2,273 sacks) of cement and many tons of limestone into his unique "log" cabin with its surrounding sculptures. He opened his home to guests, conducting tours on the first floor and through the yard from 1907 until a few years before his death in 1932.
Now owned and operated by a group formed to preserve it, the site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and welcomes more than 10,000 visitors annually.
Dinsmoor was born in Coolville, Ohio, in 1843 and died in Lucas in 1932. He married his first wife, Mrs. Frances A. Journey, on horseback in 1870. She died in 1917. In 1924, at the age of 81, he married 20-year-old Emilie Brozek. They had two children, Emily and John. Both live out of Kansas, and John is the youngest surviving child of a Civil War veteran.
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