Cabin project is two-fold
Published: Thursday, March 14th, 2013
For Jeff and Pat Baird, the delivery of Operation Black Hills Cabin’s lodge — a three-bedroom, two-bathroom cabin — was just like Christmas morning.
“There’s been so much excitement for all of us involved,” Pat said. “We couldn’t wait to get in the cabin to look around.”
The cabin was built in Springfield by 60 inmates and five supervisors at Mike Durfee State Prison as part of the Governor’s Housing Project.
The cabin, which took almost four months to build, is the first three-bedroom cabin they have built in nearly 16 years. The inmates normally construct an average of 62 two-bedroom cabins a year and managed to build over 100 cabins in 2003. The handicapped accessible cabin also features a large living room, wide halls and a roll-in shower for disabled veterans in wheelchairs.
“There’s a lot of space here that will allow us to accommodate a lot of different combinations of visitors,” Baird said. “We already have nine qualifying veterans and their families. It’s just a matter of getting their weeks booked.”
The transportation from Springfield to Custer took a bit longer than expected, due to high winds in Winner. The strong winds took half of the roof’s shingles off, which were promptly repaired once the cabin was in place.
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