Pioneer Cabin Finds New Home

The Burrows Cabin, Bellevue’s oldest structure, will be moving early Friday morning to a new home at Chism Beach Park.

The log cabin built in 1883 by Civil War veteran Albert Burrows was originally erected at the foot of Southeast 15th Street near Lake Washington. The cabin was moved in the 1930’s to Bellevue Way near present-day Bellevue Square, but it didn’t stay there long according to the Eastside Heritage Center. The cabin was moved once again in 1946 to its current home along 112th Avenue Northeast where it has served as a private residence for the last 70 years.

Current owners, Ty and Terry Thorpe slated the cabin’s land for redevelopment, but not before donating the cabin to the city. The couple also gave the city $10,000 towards the move and future preservation of the structure.

In order to prepare the small cabin for transport, movers from Robbins and Company will first need to detach the cabin from its foundation, wrap the structure, and remove the roof.

The cabin will be placed on a new foundation on the park’s upper lawn adjacent to parking and picnic areas. The city does not have any plans for the cabin, though possible future uses of the structure are under consideration.


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