LINTON, Ind. (WTHI) – A historic landmark at a park in Linton, Indiana is receiving the help it needs to stay open. It was closed to the public from 1976 until 2005 when it was reopened.
Now, the park doesn’t have the money to keep the landmark maintained. A group called ‘sons of malta’ is working on the cabin together.
As a young boy, Don Borders used to run around Humphrey Park and explore as much as he could. He made many memories here.
Then, he grew up and moved away from Linton. Years later he came back to find this cabin facing the threat of being torn down. And right then he decided he couldn’t let that happen to this historic landmark… built in the 1800’s.
So, he made some phone calls and him and his family started the renovations together. But, then came a series of bad events.
“Unfortunately, six years ago both of my sons died. They were eight months apart,” Borders told us.
And if times weren’t hard enough…Don was then diagnosed with cancer.
But he couldn’t get this cabin off of his mind.
So he reached out to what appears to be rough and tough biker guys. And turns out these men have hearts just as big…as their tattoos.
“I’m doing good but physically I can’t do it by myself. So, a good organization has stepped forth to try to help us. We want people to be aware of who these guys are. They are respectable people. They’re the kind of people who are going to be there if you need them,” Borders said.
Now they’re all working together on the cabin. Maybe each for their own different reasons…but they do have a common goal in all of this.
“We’re going to stay here and we’re going to continue to take care of this cabin for as long as I live and these guys are all dedicated to helping me. They want to give back to the community and help the community keep something special, something strong for everybody else to enjoy,” said Borders.
And as for Don..he is just thankful. For his friends and their support…and of course the old cabin.
“It’s overwhelming. I mean I would love for my boys to be here. And they are because heaven is a place for everybody and I think they’re smiling and watching down on me otherwise these guys wouldn’t be here helping me and I just want it to stay here because there’s a lot of memories for me. I’ve been here all my life. I moved away…I’m back and I’m here to stay and I want to make it a bigger and better place,” he said.