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May 8, 2014

Group looks to rebuild Krull Park log cabin, torn down in 1958

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — OLCOTT — An authentic log cabin, filled with antiques of days past, stood by Lake Ontario for decades in what is now Krull Park before it was demolished in 1958.

Now, a committee has been formed to rebuild the cabin to what it was, using information from the Newfane and Niagara County Historical societies.

“It’s going to be very much as it used to be,” Newfane Supervisor Tim Horanburg, who is a member of the committee, said of the project.

“We’re going to keep it as authentic as we can while updating it for safety and weather-proofing.”

The original “Ye Olde Log Cabin” was built by the Pioneer Association of Niagara County, a now defunct group which looked to keep alive the memory of the first settlers in the county.

According to the Niagara County Historical Society’s website, the group held annual picnics at Olcott Beach which attracted as many as 25,000 people and featured noteworthy speakers including then-governor of New York Theodore Roosevelt.

The cabin was built in 1888 to house all of the pioneer relics the group was acquiring.

Many of the bricks and stones used in construction came from earlier buildings in Lockport and Wrights Corners, as well as Lockport quarries, Stella Wilson, another committee member, said.

None of the lumber used in the original cabin was weather-treated, leaving it susceptible to rot. The log cabin came close to being torn down in the 1930s, when the Olcott Beach Hotel was demolished. It survived when Frederick Krull, a past president of the Pioneers Association, purchased the piece of land now named Krull Park from the International Railway Company and donated it to the county.

The Pioneers Association dwindled in numbers in the 1950s and was officially dissolved in 1956, and the cabin torn down shortly after.

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