Winding along the streets bordering the Des Plaines River in Riverside you are most likely to come upon the Boy Scout Cabin. Nestled near the site of Indian Gardens, it has conjured up thoughts of the early days of the village.
History tells us the Indians camped along the river and it is still possible to find traces of their being there. As a child, and I’m sure children still do this today, it was fun to try and dig up Indian arrow heads. Sorry so say, I never found any, but I do believe some do exist at the Riverside Historical Museum.
Over the years the Scout Cabin was used for numerous events. The yearly Little League picnic was held at the cabin following the opening day of the season. Scouts have been known to do camp-outs at the site with the advantage of running water, electricity and indoor plumbing in the cabin.
That is as close to camping as this non-outdoor girl will go, particularly after the upgrades to the cabin. Most memorable might just be the Centennial of Riverside where, after many celebratory events were held, a picnic took place at the Scout Cabin.
What is believed to be a first at the Cabin took place this past weekend with the wedding of Norah Farnham and David Kehle. The weather was perfect and the setting was lovely. White chairs were lined up for guests to view the ceremony, which was followed by a catered meal with guests were seated under a tent. The setting lent itself to many photo opportunities, with the lush foliage serving as an ideal background.
Currently the couple resides in Seattle, where David is a computer programmer and Norah is a zoo keeper with the Woodland Hills Zoo. She previously had been with the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Raised in Riverside, Norah and David have indicated they would eventually like to move back to the area, where she would be closer to her family and particularly her father, Don Farnham of Riverside. It would give the couple the chance visit the cabin and relive the new memories that were made at the there on July 9.
The Scout Cabin is available for rental and operated by the Riverside Recreation Department. It is a good place for children’s parties, with lots of space to run around and plenty of room inside the cabin itself.
If you decide to camp out maybe in the dark and stillness of night you will be able to imagine the ghosts of the Indians dancing around the campfires, if you have vivid imagination.