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Camo Cabin: 1918

Camo Cabin: 1918

The Pacific Northwest circa 1918. "Kissel Military Highway Scout Kar, America's first camouflaged automobile," seen earlier here, here and here. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.


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Kissel Kar Record Run

Before it was camouflaged, this car made a dash from Canada to Mexico, to show how cars could help the military:

Sacramento Union, September 2, 1917

After proving that with good roads it would be possible to mobilize a huge army at any given point on the Pacific coast in 72 hours, and winning two trophies while doing it, the Pacific Coast Defense League's military Kissel Kar delivered on Tuesday the message of Mayor Todd of Victoria, B.C. to Governor Cantu of Tijuana, Mex., after going through a gruelling trip of 2023 miles straight down the Pacific coast in ninety-two hours and four minutes running time.


The cabin looks like one built by National Park Ranger Oscar Brown in 1908 in Mt. Rainier National Park. However, the design was later printed up as a suggested standard design for Rangers to build (yes, they were expected to, as part of the job), and there are detail differences (like the extension to the left) that mean it's probably not the original.

But it's in a National Park somewhere.

What car?

All I see is a beautifully built log cabin with a poorly made foundation. And a couple of guys talking to each other.

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