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Center Point cabin finds a new home

16-foot square cabin believed to be among the oldest in Linn County

The Strait Log Cabin at its new location at the Center Point Historical Depot Museum.
The Strait Log Cabin at its new location at the Center Point Historical Depot Museum.
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After its second move in more than 150 years, Center Point’s Strait log cabin has found what local historic preservationists hope is its permanent home.

In August, officials with the Center Point Historical Society — along with Zieser Construction of Hazleton — picked up the 16-foot square cabin at its location near the city’s Wakema Park and transported it a few blocks to the Center Point Historical Depot Museum, located along the Cedar Valley Nature Trail.

Sharon Hannen, secretary of the Center Point Historical Society, said the cabin, which is possibly one of the oldest in Linn County, was in need of repairs to the lower logs, which were facing rot. With plans in place to pick up the cabin for repairs, it only made sense to consider relocating the building to a more suitable spot near the historical museum, 700 E. Washington St.

“It sat there all those years ... eventually we knew we had to do something,” Hannen said. “It was going to disappear into the ground if we didn’t do something.”

Interestingly enough, Hannen said this isn’t the first time the Strait cabin has been relocated.

In the mid-70s, as the community prepared for the upcoming national bicentennial, the Strait cabin was donated to the recently formed Center Point Historical Society. It had been used as a residence — with an attached addition — up until the 60s on a farmstead south of town, Hannen said.

The cabin was dismantled one log at a time and relocated to the city-owned park, where it sat until August.

“They took it apart like Lincoln Logs,” Hannen said.

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The cabin’s second move was made possible thanks to a $7,000 grant from the Linn County Historic Preservation Commission and Linn County Board of Supervisors, as well as $5,000 from the Center Point City Council, Hannen added. Linn County Conservation provided the location for the cabin’s new site.

The relocation also brings the cabin closer to the historical museum, which should help incorporate it into more educational programming, Hennen said.

“We’re already thinking about what we can do,” he said.

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