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by Mark Cheffey
The historic log cabin in Palmyra’s Big Spring Park is now equipped to last a few more decades as a local landmark.
The cabin had its roof replaced with wood shingles, and is also getting some new doors which should help protect the structure from the elements.
The work was done by Bob Dunn of Bob Dunn Construction out of Quincy, Ill.
“It should last a good 30 years,” Dunn said of the new roof, which replaced one that was rotting and eaten away by moss.
Dunn said the new, wood shingled roof should weather well since there really isn’t any overhanging tree. The lack of shade should allow the roof to dry faster following rains and snow.
“That makes a big difference,” he said, noting moisture is the big culprit for roofs like this one.
Dunn was hired by the Palmyra Parks & Recreation Board for his experience in working with historic structures.
Dunn said he has worked on a considerable number of them in the area including some at the Daniel Boone Home site near St. Louis.
Dunn said such work can be difficult and require some willingness to improvise, but is always rewarding.
“I do get a lot of satisfaction out of working to help preserve old buildings,” Dunn said.
Dunn indicated the cabin in Big Spring Park is in “pretty good shape,” for its age.