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Historic house moved to make way for Big Four bridge

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The house being moved on a trailer. The house being moved on a trailer.
The foundation of the home elevated on the trailer. The foundation of the home elevated on the trailer.
Workers troubleshooting issues. Workers troubleshooting issues.

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A historic house rolled into its new home about a block away from where it's been for a century in the Rose Hill neighborhood at the footprint of the Big Four pedestrian bridge.

A tire blew when it was moved off the original lot. After an hour of troubleshooting, moving specialists were on a roll.

It was a sight neighbors just had to see. "I think it's exciting. It's exciting they're preserving our history," neighbor Jerry Griffith said.

The move had to happen. Workers couldn't finish the landing in Jeffersonville until contractors moved the historic Reuben Wells house, named after a Big Four railroad engineer. Neighbors fought to save the structure: listed in the Old Jeffersonville National Register Historic District.

Mary Jo and Bill Carrico are the new owners. "It's just thrilling that it's going to work out," Mary Jo said.

Slowly but surely crews moved the house to the 200 block of West Market. On Friday, contractors plan to move the house over a basement and foundation.

The City of Jeffersonville agreed to pay for the $50,000 move.

The Big Four pedestrian bridge project is on track for completion next Spring 2013.

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