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May 5, 1995: Mascoutah gets a cabin for its park

The 1860s cabin took 90 minutes to be moved from near MidAmerica Airport to Mascoutah's Scheve Park.
The 1860s cabin took 90 minutes to be moved from near MidAmerica Airport to Mascoutah's Scheve Park. News-Democrat

Twenty years ago, St. Clair County needed to find a new home for a historic, two-story cabin built in the 1860s.

The Mascoutah Historical Society stepped up, and for $1 bought the cabin that was in the path of Illinois 4’s new route next to MidAmerica Airport. The cabin on May 5, 1995, was loaded onto a flatbed and moved to Scheve Park, where it stands today.

The county paid as much as $20,000 for the move and prep of its new home. Mascoutah paid for renovations.

Virginia Roever called the cabin home from the 1940s until 1993, when the county bought it as part of the airport expansion. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency declared the cabin to be of significant historic value, so the deal was made to move it and preserve it.

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