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      Collins Cabin dedicated in Negaunee

      A piece of history is one step closer to being restored in Negaunee.

      Close to 200 people, including many relatives of early Negaunee pioneer Samuel Collins, attended the dedication of his log cabin to the city in Negaunee's Old Town.

      A descendant of Samuel Collins playacting as his ancestor even popped in for a short speech.

      The cabin is being restored to its former condition by the Negaunee Lions Club and the Negaunee Historical Society, representatives of which spoke at the event. Representatives from the Negaunee Parks and Recreation Board, the Iron Ore Heritage Trail System and the Collins family also spoke at the event.

      The restoration project co-chair says the cabin will provide a invaluable window into the city's past.

      "Having this cabin rebuilt enables people to actually visualize what it was like to survive here back in the mid-1800's when pioneers first came here" said project co-chair David Dompierre.

      The cabin is still not fully restored, but Dompierre says restoration should be finished by fall.