FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A road closure had parts of the Alaska Highway closed to traffic near Fort St. John last night, but not because of a motor vehicle incident.
Bergen Building Moving needed the highway and parts of 100th St. closed last night order for them to transport the Allen homestead from Baldonnal to the Museum, where it will sit permanently. Owner John Bergen said that the move lasted approximately an hour and a half, since a number of telephone and power lines needed to be lifted to accommodate the log cabin. Bergan said that though there are unique challenges when it comes to moving a structure that is designed to not move, moving the nearly 100 year-old house was not the most difficult structure move he’s ever done.
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The Allen homestead was built in 1923, and Museum Curator Heather Sjoblom says that that it is a bit of a fix’er upper. Evans says that once the weather turns warmer during the Spring, the priority will be to fix the roof shingles and lower logs on the home in order to ensure that it is structurally sound, before starting to restore the home’s interior.
Bergen and his team began the work of moving the house off of its transport truck and onto its new foundation shortly before 11:30 this morning, and said that the house should be resting in place by 12:30.