Family outhouse

An old family-style outhouse is seen Saturday near Deadline Ridge, south of Twin Falls.

MYCHEL MATTHEWS, TIMES-NEWS

A few miles north of the Nevada border, along a rough, rocky road in the South Hills near Deadline Ridge, stands an old log cabin.

Off a ways, vegetation has nearly taken over the remains of the home’s outhouse.

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You’ve probably seen “two-holers” before, but this one is special. The outhouse is a family model with two holes: one for adults and — at a right angle to the adult pedestal — a smaller potty-training seat for young’uns.

The training seat, which has a wild rosebush growing through the hole, would have seemed far less scary for toddlers.

Mychel Matthews reports on rural issues and agriculture for the

Times-News

. The Hidden History feature runs every Thursday in the Times-News and on Magicvalley.com. If you have a question about something that may have historical significance, email Matthews at mmatthews@magicvalley.com or call her at 208-735-3233.

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