“Cabin in the Pines” is a painting of one of the cabins at Burntside Lodge near Ely, Minnesota. The lodge has a rich history. It was started as a hunting camp in the early 1900’s. Because of its beautiful surroundings and popularity, the camp was developed into a resort with a main lodge not long after, and quaint cabins (like the one in the painting) were constructed for the guests. According to the lodge, “Guests from these days fondly remember the island breakfasts, steak fry cookouts, smorgasbords, shuffleboard, bingo in the lodge and skits offered by the staff.”
“Historically it is recognized as being one of the earliest full-scale resort operations in this part of the county. Also significant because it contains the largest collection of log resort buildings of high integrity in northern St Louis County. Built of local materials, by local craftsmen, these buildings are a remarkable architectural achievement in an outstanding state of preservation.”
In 1988, Burntside Lodge was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places.