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Sandusky Log Cabin

Cabin's Moving

After owning the log cabin house for a few years the Board decided maintaining two separate properties was too much—so the cabin is moving. It will be moved intact to shelter in a new building on our grounds. The new building in addition to sheltering the cabin will give the Society much needed storage space and additional display areas. Society volunteers have peeled away the modern exterior of the house, exposed the cabin and prepared it for the move. Roofing, windows, bricks, siding and all materials possible are being salvaged to be used in the new building.

A professional moving company was hired and a fall moving date was set. With heavy rains that fall, keeping the ground muddy, it was actually weeks after the house was torn off that it could be moved to the museum grounds.

The cabin was moved on a large heavy-duty flatbed trailer truck. The cabin having been blocked up enabled the truck to back into the crawl space area and then lower the cabin onto the bed. The drainage ditch on the north side of the cabin had been filled in but after moving about 10 feet toward the street the trailer became bogged down. Village employees were called into help! With the city tractor they could push the flatbed (with the cabin) out of the muddy ditch and onto the street. The whole thing weighed about as much as a five room house.

The truck proceeded down Sandusky Street across the railroad tracks, thru downtown, and then made a right turn on North Street out to Paris Street and into the Museum grounds. The village police blocked main crossings to save stops and the move took approximately fifteen minutes. The truck with the cabin turned into the grounds south of the museum house. About 100 feet from the concrete floor, the truck bogged in the soft ground. It remained there over the weekend, causing lots of comments from people driving by.

By the first of the week the grounds had dried enough to move again. Smoot Construction Company sent their Bobcat tractor to help move the cabin up on a ramp, onto the concrete slab and set it in place. The cabin was then raised up on blocks so the flatbed truck could be pulled out from under. Then driving off the concrete to the north, the cabin was left in place. The move to the permanent location was on November 8, 2004.

An ABC Movers truck pulls and a backhoe pushes the trailer carrying the Sandusky log cabin out of the mud – November 2004

Log cabin is jacked up on boards so the trailer can be removed – November 2004