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In April of 1992, Lee Smith passed away while working on his home, the Smith Mansion. He fell twelve feet.
It was Lee's life long dream to create a cabin that would naturally fit into the countryside; he succeeded. There were no blue prints for the mansion's construction, only what was thought up in Lee's mind. He would then create it.
The Smith Mansion sits in the middle of Wapiti's Valley. It made it a special spot for Lee.
The mansion stands approx. 75 foot high. Its built primarily by hand and most of the timbers used in its construction came off Rattle Snake Mountain. After the terrible fires in 1952, it became free picking to help clean out the burnt timber. Smith brought 5-6 timbers off the mountain, by hand, one truck load at a time.
The mansion itself is a piece of art which was created by my one man, by hand. And this enormous log creation manifested itself from deep inside his mind. That is one of the neatest things about the structure.
Lee dedicated over two decades of his life to the mansion and unfortunately, lost his life doing what he loved.
Lee always said, the building would get him before he could get the building.
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