Linden log cabin ready for resurrection

2014-02-23T18:30:00Z 2014-02-23T22:17:06Z Linden log cabin ready for resurrectionJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

The more than century-old Linden log cabin is ready for its resurrection.

Members of the Kankakee Valley Historical Society are just looking for a little help, society President John Hodson said.

The Swedish-built cabin was originally in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. It was moved to Portage's Countryside Park on U.S. 6 more than six years ago. Last year, the city park department decided the cabin wasn't an appropriate fit for the park site and sought someone to take the building.

That's when the society stepped up. Volunteers dismantled the cabin and hauled it south. Plans are to resurrect it just southeast of the site of the original Collier Lodge along the Kankakee River, Hodson said.

As soon as the ground thaws, volunteers will reconstruct the cabin. Pillars must be poured and timbers must be sawed to replace those missing or damaged in the cabin, he said.

"We are trying to get people involved. There's a lot of people out there with talent," he said, adding the group is looking for tradesmen or volunteer labor to help.

Hodson said the group also is looking for building materials, from concrete to cedar shakes, planking, windows and historic furnishings. Monetary donations are being accepted.

The hope is to have the cabin completed in time for the Aukiki River Festival on Aug. 23 and 24.

Hodson said the cabin will fit nicely with the Collier Lodge historic site and also tell the tale of the importance of the Swedish in Northwest Indiana's history. It could serve as an interpretation or visitor center or living history museum.

Hodson is hoping the renovation of the cabin will resurrect enthusiasm among local volunteers and historians for restoring the rest of the site, including the Collier Lodge.

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