Former home of Joaquin Miller (poet), Wash., D.C. (LOC)

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Former home of Joaquin Miller (poet), Wash., D.C.


[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]


1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.



Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.

Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).



Wash., D.C.


Format: Glass negatives.


Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.


Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,


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Call Number: LC-B2- 2300-4



  • BenjaminLClark 7y

  • rockcreek 7y

    Exile Bibliophile - they're two different structures. The one show here is now in D.C.'s Rock Creek Park:

    When this photo was taken, it was located on Washington's Meridian Hill, in the area now occupied by Meridian Hill Park. The cabin was moved by the Park Service in 1913.
  • Eric Fidler 7y

    It's now near the old Milkhouse Ford in Rock Creek Park.

    Cottage in Rock Creek Park
  • Wystan 5y

    On pages 385-386 of his book of memoirs, "Roadside Meetings" (1930) Hamlin Garland recalls a week he spent in Chicago in 1898, with the visiting Joaquin Miller:

    He [Miller] told us of his life in Washington City and of the log cabin he had built out near Rock Creek.
    "I made that my home for four years, but I was away much of the time. I didn't like it there. Congressmen and their silly wives wore me out. They all came to Washington as the great men in little towns, and their women, raw, silly, curious, had nothing better to do than to seek out Joaquin Miller, 'the man who lived in a tree.' They made life miserable for me and I fled."
  • rockcreek 5y

    Wystan: Love this kind of anecdotal tidbit - one that shows up in an obscure source that you'd never think to look in (or find with a keyword or subject search in a library catalog) if you were researching the subject!

    Interesting that he uses "the man who lived in a tree" - I wonder if this wasn't a misremembering of Miller's rant by Garland, since Miller's cabin was not far from "Airy Castle", the tree house of Allen B. Hayward, when he lived on Meridian Hill:

    Hayward brought a lot of curiosity-seekers to what was then otherwise a comparatively quiet part of the District.
  • Wystan 5y

    rockcreek: I found Garland's book at Ann Arbor's ReCycle Center a week ago, and have enjoyed reading it in odd moments. In an earlier chapter, Garland recalled his visit to Miller at Miller's orchard, "The Hights," overlooking Oakland, California.

    A July 2, 1911, New York Times story reported plans to dismantle cabin in Washington and rebuild it in Oakland:

    The threat of removal prompted D. C. officials to move the cabin and restore it. Here's Wikipedia's take on the brouhaha:
  • rockcreek 5y

    Wystan: Looks like the Times got their sources muddled there - there is no Rock Creek Park in Oakland (or at least there isn't now), and the cabin in DC's Rock Creek Park is the one that Miller lived in on Meridian Hill, although it has been altered over the years.

    Miller died in Oakland, and his house there is still standing (and on the National Register), however:
  • Wystan 5y

    Bain/LOC photo of the reconstructed Miller cabin on the day of its dedication in Rock Creek Park, June 12, 1912:
    Joaquin Miller cottage  (LOC) by The Library of Congress

    The public dedication ceremony, June 12, 1912:
    Dedication of Joaquin Miller Cabin  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
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