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Christianson Log Cabin Preservation Project 

 

PAL member Dan Estep found a more-than-100-year-old log cabin for sale on Craigslist.  The owners of the cabin near Stevenstown didn't want it anymore, but they didn't want to sell the land upon which it had been built.  PAL purchased the cabin for $1500, hoping to find a new owner who would be willing to move it and preserve it.

 

Read the original story (June 14, 2010) on The La Crosse Tribune's web site:"For sale: Cabin, needs assembly"

Update!  The cabin's new owners, Christine and Al Vehrenkamp, were chosen from among fifteen applicants who wanted to purchase it from PAL.  Christine's grandmother, Olga, was born in the cabin.  Story from The La Crosse Tribune (June 29, 2010):"Family finds new home for old cabin"

 

The weekend of June 26 and 27, a group of willing workers, including the Vehrenkamp family, PAL members and others, all volunteered their time to dismantle the cabin, piece by piece.  Barb Kooiman put together this time lapse from still photos, showing the "deconstruction" of the cabin as it progressed: