One of our previous moves had a lot of history involved in it, and that is what made it special. In Cottonwood, Arizona an old Catholic church needed to be moved to create space for a new Hospice building. This church had ties to many of the families that lived there, and they did not want to see it be torn down. This was a piece of their history. The church was relocated on the same property of its original location, to follow the Catholic Church’s stipulation that the building be preserved after they sold the property. A new Hospice center was built by the Verde Valley Medical Center in the original location of the church.
The church was a wood framed, stucco structure with seven solid concrete columns on each side. The building weighed 320,000 lbs. (160 tons) and rolled on moving skates 140’ sideways and then 120’ end way. All though this move was challenging and large, everything was moved intact and the church still stands.