West Des Moines' First Log Cabin
Despite the age of Valley Junction, West Des Moines has very few historic structures left in its city limits. The 1850s log cabin that sits at 1015 Ashworth Road in West Des Moines is the last of two residential structures still standing from that time period. There are none of its type (log cabin) in the city.
It presently sits on a well-kept lawn. The current use according to the Polk County Assessors website appears to be residential. A trailer (see photo) is always in the driveway and trash and recycling bins are kept near the house. Contact with Lodge residents shows that the resident has not made recent threats to demolishing the structure. The most threatening factor at this time would be a continuation of neglect and lack of appreciation. The resident has been told the significance of the structure and continues to let it sit in neglect.
Possible solutions include public education, education of the residents of the structure and the neighboring lodge, and a pledge from the owner to maintain the house.