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Pioneer Mothers Cabin, Champoeg

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Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin, Champoeg

Statistics

  • Built: 1931
  • Address: 8035 Champoeg Rd. NE
  • Architect: Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Designation: Located within National Register Historic District
  • Status: SAVED! Disassembled and moved from the river’s edge with work being conducted by Arciform. The Cabin is open to the public.

News and Updates

May 17, 2015:

Grand reopening set for May 17.

December 2014:

Cabin reassembled—interior finishes all that remain before completion

January 3, 2014

Disassembly of the cabin is almost complete! Its pieces have all been numbered and will be stored until fund raising is complete to reassemble the structure adjacent to the nearby Newell House Museum.

March 27, 2013

Champoeg park museum move comes with big challenges

January 27, 2014

Historic Champoeg cabin heads for new home away from Willamette River
Outlet: Statesman Journal

Significance

The Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin was built in 1931 to honor female pioneers and house artifacts that crossed the Oregon Trail in the mid-1800s. Built with funds raised by the Oregon State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), it today operates as a museum and living history exhibit for school children. historic postcard Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin

History

In 1929 Mary Woodworth Patterson, widow of Governor Issac Patterson, along with the Oregon DAR, set out to build a commemorative log cabin near the site where Oregon’s provisional government was established in 1843. The cabin was completed in 1931 after an extensive fundraising campaign and has since operated as a living history museum. Over 2,000 school children visit the cabin annually to learn about early Oregon history.

Why it’s Endangered

Although the structure is in overall good condition, the south bank of the Willamette River has eroded dangerously close to the cabin over the past 82 years. When completed, the Willamette ran 70 feet north of the cabin; today it less than 20, and much of that is covered by water during the rainy season. Moving the cabin to higher ground is imperative and plans have been developed. The question is whether funds can be raised before the river washes it away.

 

Near-term Goals

Of the approximately $400,000 needed to relocate and restore the cabin, $70,000 has already been raised. An ambitious—but achievable—plan to raise the remaining funds in 2013 through grants and donations would allow relocation of the cabin before the next rainy season. Because relocating the cabin will remove it from the National Register, and National Register listing is often a requirement for grant applications, the HPLO will commission a new nomination.

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