1897 cabin moved to Battlement Mesa

A cabin built near Parachute Creek in 1897 has a new home eight miles away in Battlement Mesa.

The Thomas Glover Cabin, named for one of the first settlers in the Parachute Creek area, is thought to be the oldest structure left from that era.

It had to be moved because Parachute Creek is moving too close and threatening to undermine it.

Williams, the energy company that is drilling in the Piceance Basin and has offices nearby, moved the cabin to its new home across the Colorado River in Battlement Mesa.

“It’s wonderful that the Williams Co. is partnering with the historical society to preserve the unique Grand Valley history,” Grand Valley Historical Society President Judith Hayward said.

Williams spokeswoman Susan Alvillar said the compnay is grateful to the historical society for “providing a new and final home for this historic structure.

“This is a piece of history that is now open to the public.”

The historical society took ownership of the cabin in 2001 and used a preservation grant from the state and contributions from area businesses and residents to restore it to its 1910 appearance.

The cabin has since been used as a meeting place, museum and education center.
It will be formally dedicated at 5 p.m. Oct. 1 at its new location, 4289 County Road 215.

By then, said Jim Klink, spokesman for the historical society, the cabin roof will be repaired, windows will be installed and other work completed.

The society then “put out the call for the types of things you might find” in a cabin, such as a potbelly stove, to help it fit into a museum setting, Klink said.


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