Lincoln Logs were invented by John Lloyd Wright. Name sounds familiar to you? John was the son of the most famous architect in the world, Frank Lloyd Wright.
The idea came to him, no surprise, while working with his father. At 24, he accompanied his father to Japan to help design a new, earthquake-proof version of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Frank invented an ingenious system of interlocking wooden beams that, yes, later withstood an earthquake. Young John went home and – yada yada yada, father-son drama – was fired by his father. In 1918, with the design of the Imperial Hotel in mind (and some suspicious log cabin toys he played with as a child), he created the toy building set that has been a staple in children’s playrooms ever since. The original toys came with building instructions for Abraham Lincoln’s childhood home, hence the name “Lincoln Logs”.
John’s father’s Imperial Hotel was destroyed in 1968. Lincoln Logs were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1999.