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Historic Parachute Creek cabin almost ready to move

Phillip Yates
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A group working to move a historic late 19th-century cabin along Parachute Creek to a location in Battlement got the go-ahead for the move from the Garfield County commissioners this week. However, the group must meet several conditions before the old cabin may be moved.

The commissioners earlier this week approved a special use permit for the Grand Valley Historical Society and Williams Production RMT to move the historic Glover Cabin, which was built about four miles northwest of Parachute in the late 1800s.

Thomas Glover, a settler in the area, built the cabin.

The cabin is slated to go onto a four-acre parcel in Battlement Mesa next to the historic Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse. The Grand Valley Historical Society expects to use the cabin to display antiques and other items the society has acquired since the group was established.

Williams, one of the largest natural gas producers in the county, is contributing $50,000 to move the Glover cabin. The company is also expected to contribute several thousand dollars more to help build a foundation for the log cabin’s new resting spot in Battlement Mesa, along with helping to fix its roof and other improvements for the structure.

“(The cabin) is a great addition to the parachute and the Battlement Mesa community,” said Phil Vaughn, a Garfield County planning and zoning commission member who is working with Williams to help move the cabin.

Susan Allvillar, a spokeswoman for Williams and one of those behind moving the cabin to Battlement Mesa, said she has been looking at it since 1982, and that she was glad it could finally find a home “where the public can enjoy it.”

The cabin’s current location, which is located on property owned by Williams, has made it vulnerable to erosion along the banks of the creek, according to a county memo. Allvillar said she expects the move of the cabin to occur before the “snow flies.”

Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117


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