No-so-mobile home – GREAT BEND TRIBUNE
It took an army of Great Bend town employees and crews from a myriad of utility companies to clear a path Tuesday morning so that the sprawling century-old house at 2526 Broadway could be trucked to his new home in rural Stafford County.
An even larger crowd of spectators braved the cold and gathered around Broadway and Washington to witness the tedious process. They wanted to see the century-old structure come out of town, towed by a semi-tractor and escorted by law enforcement and security personnel.
Due to the business, traffic was diverted around the area. Some streets were barricaded.
The house is owned by Amber and Brent Rugan and they move to their farm southwest of Ellinwood. Unruh House Moving from Galva started preparations last Monday and it took a week to get it ready for the trip and load it on the wheels.
Tuesday morning, up to six bucket trucks hoisted men skyward in an aerial ballet. They lifted up power lines and twisted traffic light poles.
The same had to be done whenever a line or signal was encountered.
The route takes the trailer from Broadway to Washington, south to Railroad Avenue, east to Main (US 281) and south. A series of Barton County and Township roads were taken to the final destination southwest of Ellinwood on the Stafford County side of the Barton-Stafford County line just off the SE road Barton County 70 / Stafford County Road NE 210. It’s about six miles east of US 281.
Among those watching the construction, some were sorry to see the house disappear, lamenting the wasteland left behind.
But, all were impressed with the moving process.
According to the Great Bend Tribune accounts of the day, the house was built for Arthur E. Taylor in 1921. At the time, it was on the western outskirts of town.
Unruh House Moving skillfully threaded the two-and-a-half-story house around the corner of Broadway on Washington. Some tree branches on Broadway Island had to be removed.