The Monett R-1 School District has been unable to sell the house from its pad beside the classroom at the Career Center. The Board of Education decided to move the house to the lots owned by the district so the class could get on with its next project.
"Murphy's Law applied to the move," said Career Center director Brad Hanson. "They thought it would take three hours. It took twice that."
The move was coordinated with the Missouri Department of Transportation. The permit dictated crews would transport the house at night to avoid traffic problems. Electrical wires along the route had been raised. Harrison Structural Moving, of Buffalo, handled the move.
The house was initially moved to the east side of the high school until 9 p.m. Then the excursion west of Cleveland began.
The route took some unlikely turns. To navigate the power lines at Thirteenth Street, Hanson said the house was moved into the parking lot at Krueger's Package Store and Lightening Lube, coming out on Thirteenth Street south of the businesses, then brought north to make a left turn at the intersection.
When the house reached the Monett Intermediate School, a detour was taken down the east side of the school, following the bus route. The biggest problem came involved around the utility pole at the south end of the drive at Scott Street, a maneuver that Hanson said lasted three hours.
The house proceeded west to Ninth Street, then turned north to cut across the Monett Middle School parking lot. From there the house proceeded south another block to its destination.
"Now they will dig and pour a foundation, place the house on the foundation, then building the foundation up to the house itself," Hanson said. "Weather will be a factor in how long it takes."
One of the surprises Hanson witnessed how the house movers handled street signs. As the house pulled up to signs, crews sawed the metal posts off then bolted the posts back together after the house passed.
"It was quite an ordeal," Hanson said. "We had about a dozen spectators at the beginning. One of the classes' students videotaped the trip."