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The Sandusky Log Cabin

Log Cabin Update

By Jim Jones

As our last newsletter was being written and published the log cabin still remained on the South Sandusky Street property. The heavy rains we had in late fall kept the ground muddy, thus it was several weeks after the house was torn down before it could be moved to the museum grounds.

Village tractor gives a push

The cabin was moved on a large heavy-duty flat bed 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 in to help! With the city tractor they could push the flat bed (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.

Framing around cabin

By the first of the week the ground had dried enough to move again. Smoot Construction Company sent their Bobcat tractor to help move the cabin up a ramp, onto the concrete slab and set it in place. The cabin was then raised up on blocks so the flat bed 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.

At present the framing for the protective building, the sheeting, roof and shingles are completed. The windows and doors are also in place. The front porch is finished and we are starting to work on the inside.

The materials we salvaged from the house, that had protected the cabin for many years, are being used in all phases of the building. It was a sufficient amount that saved the museum a good deal of money.

The volunteer help has been absolutely great. It seemed there was always enough people showing up and at the right time.

I believe that the project won't cost as much as thought, but donations would be greatly appreciated, to move the work along faster.

Stop by and see what's going on anytime.


Catlin Historical Society
210 North Paris
Catlin, Illinois 61817
(217) 427-5766