When we heard that the owner of this house across the block was going to move it across town we were a bit surprised. After all, this is a large house! How could they possibly get that house with all its add-ons onto beams and onto a truck? This weekend it happened! We joined the rest of the neighbors who gathered to watch as the movers inched their way very slowly off the lot, down over the curb, and then out of town. Their route circled around to the north and then back into town about a mile from where they started the process.
In the first photo you can see the foundation where the house originally stood.
In the second photo the house is being backed down over the curb and into the street.
And lastly the house is being moved backwards (yes, I said backwards) out of town. The truck moved the house backwards nearly a mile on gravel road until he came to an intersection where he was able to very, very carefully turn north. From there he pulled the house nearly another three miles arriving back on the other side of town where the house now sits awaiting its new foundation. (Click on that last photo...the fellow on the left appears to be holding up the corner of the house...we assume rightly that the photo lies. LOL)
What does it cost to move a home of this size? I don't know but I did overhear one of the neighbors say that the permit to cross the railroad was $5,000. Add in any city permits/fees plus the cost of the mover and you can guess the rest.
While this Saturday morning event was exciting, the best part of the weekend was a visit from our daughter and grandson who drove 5 hours for a weekend visit. They've headed back home and I miss 'em already!