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Historic Trapper's Cabin in Wayzata vandalized

Updated: July 19, 2019 06:41 PM

Police in Wayzata say a historic log cabin in the city was vandalized this week when someone broke out the windows and removed one of the original logs from the structure.

Trapper’s Cabin is one of the oldest structures in the city. It was relocated to Shaver Park in 2014, after the Wayzata Heritage Preservation Board pushed to have it restored.

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94-year-old Irene Stemmer led the charge to save the old cabin. She said the vandalism is “shameful” and hopes whoever did it is caught.

“Why does somebody feel compelled to do this?” Stemmer said in an interview with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. 


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The cabin originally sat on the outskirts of Wayzata on private land, according to the Wayzata Historical Society. The style was similar to the cabins that popped up along the shores of Lake Minnetonka in the 1800s. 

In an effort to learn more about the structure, Stemmer began researching who owned it, had the wood tested and came up with a plan to move it into the city.

“I thought if we don’t find anything else, we can keep this as a memento of that first log cabin,” she said.

Trapper’s Cabin isn’t the first historic property in the city to fall victim to vandals. This spring, the city manager said crews discovered windows at the Section Foreman House on Lake Street had been broken out. Crews later put plywood up to protect the structure.

“Obviously it’s just sad,” said Judy Starkey, who sits on the preservation board. “There’s not a whole lot being preserved in Wayzata and here are a few things that we have and all of a sudden people are damaging them.”

If you have any information on the vandalism case, call Wayzata police.

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