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Utah city mobilizes to save 1880s log cabin found hidden within walls of modern home

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A crew demolishing a 20th-century house in Utah discovered something strange inside: another house.

It turns out that the rather simple house had been wrapped around an equally simple log cabin that dates to the 1880s, experts say. This was before Utah became a state (in 1896).

Realizing the historical importance, the team halted the work and the city mobilized to save the house, which sits wedged between commercial buildings.

“The 1880s cabin is prepped and ready to move,” Orem officials announced on December 23.

The find was made the first week of November by entrepreneur Bill Fairbanks, who posted photos of the find on Facebook.

“The move will take place next week (December 27 to 31). Our intention is to ultimately place this cabin in our new heritage park … to help tell the story of those who have settled in this community.

Heritage Park is approximately 3 miles south of the current location of the house. The park is still two years away from being completed. However, city officials jumped at the chance to get the cabin when its owners, the Shimada family, offered to donate it.

The discovery was made the first week of November by entrepreneur Bill Fairbanks, who posted photos of the discovery on a community Facebook page titled “You know you’re from Orem UT so …”.

“We had heard that there was supposedly a cabin in the house,” Fairbanks told the Daily Herald. “We started to tear down the house and cut down the walls. We peeled layer by layer.

Fairbanks described the find as “almost an entire pioneer cabin, dating back to 1881 … still sitting on its rocky foundations!” “

The cabin was reportedly built by a pioneer couple known as Hanson, he said. Years later, the Shimada family bought the land and set up a fruit stand there, KUTV TV reported.

Orem Town Manager Steven Downs said the house, measuring around 550 square feet, dates from a time when the area “had lots of orchards and several cabins,” KSL reported -TV.

“This is the home of the Hansons, but it represents the home of so many who have occupied this property and started the legacy of hard work and entrepreneurship,” Downs told the station.

Photos shared by Orem officials show the roof had been removed as part of the demolition work, so crews rushed to add tarps “to preserve the cabin interior.”

City officials did not say when restoration work on the house would begin.

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