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Historic Cape log cabin moved across town

Earl Norman, Cape Girardeau, walks into his new 1837 log cabin after crews moved the structure to his property Monday, October 20, 2014 Earl Norman, Cape Girardeau, walks into his new 1837 log cabin after crews moved the structure to his property Monday, October 20, 2014
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A historic log cabin original to the Cape Girardeau area got a new home Monday.

A five man crew, a crane, and two trailers handled the five mile move. They first separated the roof from the walls and loaded them on trailers.

The wooden structure was built in 1837 and originally stood on the Greenberry Hobbs Farm.

Earl Norman of Cape Girardeau purchased the cabin. Norman owns and restored two other historic structures and says he's always been interested in Cape Girardeau's rich history.

“I think we learn from it,” Norman said.

He says he plans to restore the cabin to its original condition. That includes replacing the tin roof with cedar shakes.

Gary Hill with Quality Tree Service and Blyn Reimann of Reimann Crane along with three crewmen completed the move in about six hours.

Prior to the move the cabin sat in Rick Blattner's yard.

“It's got some history to it,” Blattner said.

He says he is moving it to make room for a new garage.

Blattner inherited the cabin when he bought his Cape Girardeau home. The property was previously owned by former Cape prosecuting attorney and home developer Stephen Strom who recently died.


Watch raw video of the move in the video player at the top of the page (on desktop computers).

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