Bucks General – An Introduction
Bucks Lake is a primarily isolated wilderness in Plumas County, Northern California. There, roads to cabins are so under-developed and winters are so severe that the staying population plummets to a mere handful during the colder months.
During the Great Depression the Federal Government offered portions of land around Bucks Lake for rent, and a lucky few began building small cabins without electricity or running water. My great grandfather was one of those people. He built our A-frame cabin in 1936 for $600. My grandmother and her sister spent summers there chopping wood, fishing and swimming in Bucks Lake.
Today the cabin is only slightly modernized, with actual running water and electricity. The kitchen stove is still the original, wood burning type and there is no phone line or cell phone coverage. A couple summers ago my friend Andrea visited with me and so eloquently described the experience in a piece on cabining featured within Kinfolk Magazine’s first issue. She also snapped the photos featured in this post.
Bucks General Store is a dedication to the American pioneering spirit and the vintage designs it has inspired; not to mention an ode to the ladies who embraced this spirit and weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and make-up smeared in the process.