Rain or no rain, mud or no mud, the mostly restored Camp Joy cabin was lowered onto its concrete pad at Route 66-themed Boswell Park this morning.

Bobby's Mobile Transport of Springfield, which had trailered the cabin Saturday from the one-time site of Camp Joy along Catlin Avenue, skillfully maneuvered the cabin to its new home on a knoll overlooking Route 66/Elm Street to the north and the park's Route 66 murals to the east.

The crew began work at 8:20 a.m. -- 40 minutes earlier than planned -- because of the threat of rain. By 10:10 a.m., the cabin was on the pad. The rain came later.

"Did you ever think this day would come?" Bruce Owen, who led the restoration project for the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society, said with a big smile.

Added Howard Fuller, a Route 66 Society member and volunteer on the project: "When you're persistent, things get done."

Owen, Fuller, Cliff Claxton, Dave Chastain and Leland Townsend, all of them Route 66 Society members who contributed many hours to the project the past three months, watched Bobby Justice's moving team lower the cabin wooden block by wooden block. John Shelton, director of Lebanon Parks and Recreation, also was on the scene.

The Laclede County Record published a top-of-page-one story today about Saturday's move. Claxton bought copies for each member of Justice's crew.

Now that the cabin is in place, Route 66 Society volunteers will finish the restoration, including new shingles for the roof, new windows and a tile floor. The target for completing the restoration is June 1.

The cabin will be rededicated in a ceremony at 11:45 a.m. June 15 during the Lebanon Route 66 Festival. State Sen. Sandy Crawford, State Rep. Suzie Pollock and State Rep. Jeff Knight, all of whom represent Laclede County in the legislature, will be in attendance. So will State Rep. Craig Fishel of Springfield and his siblings, who grew up at Camp Joy in the 1950s when it was owned by their great-grandparents and grandparents. 

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