Have you ever seen this?
A barn being moved? Never!
This old brick barn, built in the late 1800's, is moving. In these pictures, it was already lifted off its foundation onto a huge bed, and rolled across a grassy area in anticipation of hitting the road - literally - at 11 p.m. Wednesday night. The moving company had until 6 a.m. Thursday morning to relocate it to a site a little more than two miles away.
The barn has been on the property of Valley High School, where the vacated space will become a new parking lot.
New parking space is needed at the 2,200-student high school (grades 10, 11, and 12) because a parking lot currently on the west side of the school is the site of an addition to the school.
No one wanted to see the old structure destroyed. It sold for $1 to Valley Evangelical Free Church that has plans renovate it.
On the opposite side of the street from the barn site, the farmhouse remains. It's for sale. Nestled in the trees, it looks classically dignified among its more contemporary neighbors that were built in the late 1970's.
The site of our own home is land that was once part of the same farm. When we moved to this area 22 years ago (come August), we couldn't have imagined the development and changes we've seen. It's nice knowing this historical barn will continue to live on.
Here's a link to the nighttime, time-lapsed video of the barn being moved along West Des Moines streets.