NEGAUNEE- The Collins log cabin in Negaunee is getting its roof put on just in time to keep out the winter weather.
After sitting without a roof for about a month while volunteer carpenters were busy with their regular jobs, workers from Noskey Construction began working on the roof last week.
The log cabin was discovered in 2009 in the backyard of a Negaunee home when the owner was demolishing a small rental house. The log walls were revealed between interior drywall and exterior siding of the structure. The Negaunee Lions Club agreed to provide the manpower to dismantle the log structure and to reconstruct it at the Negaunee trailhead for the Iron Ore Heritage Trail.
Negaunee Lions Club members Dave Dompierre, bottom left, and Don Mourand watch Phil Abbott, left, and Ben Noskey of Noskey Construction work on the roof of the Collins log cabin in Negaunee on Friday. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
Noskey nails a rafter in place on the cabin, which is being restored by the Lions Club, the Negaunee Historical Society and the City of Negaunee. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
"It's taken us three years to get to this point, so we're pretty happy to be making this kind of progress," said Dave Dompierre, a Negaunee Lions Club member who has been working on the project since the beginning.
With the cabin sitting without a roof for about a month, Dompierre said club members were being asked what was going on with the project. The reason for the delay, according to Dompierre is that Noskey Construction workers have volunteered their time to put a new roof on that will look similar to ones built in the early 1900s.
"The fact that (Ben Noskey) is volunteering his labor, he had some things to do himself," Lions Club member Don Mourand said. "The last work we did on it was about a month ago."
According to Dompierre, the Lions Club is expecting to have the cabin completed by next fall. Once the roof is installed the cabin will be fitted for windows and doors. The log cabin will be available for people to look into but not to go inside due to the impracticality of bringing the log cabin up to code.
"People will be able to see (through the windows) what it was like to live in the early settlement of Negaunee," Dompierre said.
The Collins log cabin is named for the original owner Samuel Collins, who is believed to be one of the early settlers of Negaunee who contributed a great deal to the growth and development of the city.
Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401.