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Cabin fire destroyed important piece of peninsula history

Posted: Monday, June 16, 2003

How could anyone be so demented as to intentionally set fire to the Finger Lakes Cabin, a public use cabin on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge? This cabin represented part of the peninsula's historic past. It is gone and preservation efforts have been destroyed.

Many hours already had been devoted to its renovation by volunteers and staff of the refuge. My wife and I were set to help work on this historic cabin offering what labor and knowledge we could to restore this jewel of the Kenai's past. In 1974, the sod roof on the cabin was replaced by workers with the Youth Conservation Corps (including my wife). This is a sad time for all of us who love and respect the Kenai Peninsula, its past, present and future.

Bud Crawford, Kenai



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