WARRENTON — On April 19, ownership of the Lindgren Cabin passed into the hands of the Finlandia Foundation, Columbia-Pacific Chapter when Greg Jacob, president of FFCPC, signed the papers. It will be FFCPC’s responsibility to maintain the cabin, and to open its grounds to visitors weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
“It is the agency’s good fortune to join up with FFCPC and the Clatsop County Parks Program,” Paul Koreiva of the Oregon Department of Forestry said. “Thank you all for your stewardship of a very significant example of Oregon’s history.”
In 1934 the Lindgrens, Finnish immigrants, bought land in Soapstone Lake area near the Nehalem River, and built an ax-hewn home out of old growth cedar logs. Six years later the property was foreclosed by Clatsop County after nonpayment of property taxes.
In 1955, the property was transferred from Clatsop County to the Board of Forestry. In 1968, there was an informal agreement between the Oregon Department of Forestry and Clatsop County to relocate the cabin to
Cullaby Lake Park.
Hiram Johnson, a Clatsop County commissioner, organized a crew to save the historic building, and by 1973 the structure was reassembled and open for public viewing. The Finnish-American Historical Society of the West cared for the cabin until the membership was absorbed by Finlandia Foundation, Columbia-Pacific Chapter, in February.
Finlandia Foundation takes over Lindgren Cabin