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Sauk Prairie Area Historical Society (ed.) / Historical homes of Prairie du Sac: a project of the Sauk Prairie Area Historical Society
(1999)

Houses that moved,   pp. 54-55 PDF (550.1 KB)


Page 54

Houses that Moved
AN INTERESTING PART of this research was discovering how many houses were moved in the past.
We list a few that have come to our attention. Moving houses was not as difficult when there was
no plumbing or electrical wiring to contend with.
The structure to be moved was put upon timbers. Under these timbers rollers were placed, each
about three feet long and six inches in diameter. There was a constant movement of rollers from the
rear of the building where they were no longer needed to the front where they would again be placed
under the timbers.
The power for moving was supplied by one horse attached to a capstan tongue or winch. As the
horse traveled around the capstan the rope was wound upon it and the structure moved forward with
little or no effort.
When the Badger Ordnance Works came into being the Eberhart Trucking Company found them-
selves moving homes and out buildings.
Cottage from Weigands Bay that was moved across the second Prairie du Sac bridge.
It had to be jacked up higher in order to clear the bridge railings. Art Eberhart is
backing up directing Jack who is driving the truck. Photo taken in 1942.
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