Farmhouse Moved to Iowa Campground
A homestead located just east of Tama, Iowa, gave way to progress last week — the planned rerouting of U.S. 30 will place an expressway interchange about square in the middle of the barn yard. As a result, the home built in 1951 was moved to a new location — the Outback Campground west of Tama, according to the Marshalltown Times Republican.
The Iowa Department of Transportation sold the house to Luke Squiers, rural Tama, who hired a moving company to relocate the house to his new business property, the 40-acre Outback Campground.
Squiers said this week the move was successful, with one glitch — the semi tractor used to haul the house down busy U.S. 30 developed mechanical trouble. After about a 30-minute delay to repair a broken transfer case mount and rerouting of heavy traffic on U.S. 30, the home continued on the journey to the U.S. 63 junction in Toledo, then headed south on its journey.
Traffic along the route was controlled by a joint effort of the Tama County Sheriff’s Office, Tama, Toledo and Meskwaki Indian Nation police and a private, police security officer.
Crews from Iowa Telecom, Alliant Energy and Mediacom were busy raising highlines along the route to allow the house to pass.
Squiers said he expects to have the home remodeled and ready as his new home in about six weeks.