The ribbon is cut to open the old Lincoln Highway Tourist Cabin that has been moved to the Historical Museum and refurbished. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)
The ribbon is cut to open the old Lincoln Highway Tourist Cabin that has been moved to the Historical Museum and refurbished. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)
BY ED GEBERT
DHI Media Editor
egebert@timesbulletin.com

VAN WERT -- An old tourist cabin that used to house tourists traveling along the Lincoln Highway is now on display open to the public on the grounds at the Van Wert County Historical Museum. The ribbon was cut on July 4, 2014 by members of the Historical Society and family members involved with the donation of the cabin and family members of the former owners, Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Runnion.

The cabin itself was one of four which sat behind Runyon’s Hi-Speed Gasoline Station and Tourist Court at the intersection of Lincoln Highway and Mendon Rd. The cabin was donated to the Historical Society by Dr. Tom Wilkin in honor of his parents, Dr. Harold and Natalie Wilkin.

The cabin was taken from its original location this past winter and has been refurbished for use on display at the museum grounds. The cabin is furnished to look as it did back in it's heyday.

On Friday the cabin itself, a portion of the heritage of Van Wert County was deicated. Larry Webb of the Historical Society gave thanks to many pwople who contributed time and month to the project, including Larry Mengerink of the Buildings and Grounds program at Vantage Career Center who helped in the restoration project and those who have donated items being displayed in the cabin.

The building was one of four standing at the corner of Mendon Rd. and Lincoln Highway.

Also on hand were three grandchilden of the original owners of Runnion Hi-Speed Gas Station and Tourist Court -- Kim Clouse and Cheryl Exline of Van Wert and Dana Runnion of St. Marys.

Major contributors to the project were Cooper Foods Family Foundation and the Paulding-Putnam Electric Cooperative.