Built in the 1880s, the log home was inhabited for more than a century before being torn down and sold for salvage in 2015. A movement to "save the King" resulted in the purchase of the disassembled structure, now in the possession of the UBVHS. An artifact of the ranching, mining and timber industries, it is an irreplaceable example of local culture. Once raised it will be one of only three historic buildings visible in downtown Lincoln.
The UBVHS seeks to establish it as a museum of local history and culture. As a centerpiece to the community it will benefit visitors and locals and enhance Lincoln’s appeal, stimulating the economy. However, there is concern that the hand-hewn logs may become un-salvageable if construction does not commence soon. Work will begin in the spring of 2020, carried out primarily by local volunteers and the UBVHS board.
Once established, the Matt King house will serve as an interpretive center and gathering space for UBVHS hosted community events, as well as providing a cultural experience and educational opportunities to Lincoln students, residents and visitors alike.