The reality of relocating the historic Milwaukee Railroad Depot to a new home in Charles City has become a little more “concrete” thanks to a Riceville company.
Bob Moen with the American Passenger Train History Museum says Quality Concrete, which is overseeing the project, has signed on to pour the foundation about two blocks south of the depot’s current location on North Grand Avenue.
Moen says the move has been delayed by at least five weeks when the company originally lined up to pour the foundation, backed out. He says Mother Nature this weekend also threw a small wrench into plans for the depot’s new home.
Earlier this month, Kamm Excavating of Charles City cleared the dirt and concrete around the base of the depot to allow Thein Structural Moving of Clara, Minnesota to prepare the 1912 building for the move. Last week, Thein raised the depot and placed it on steel beams about six feet off the ground in advance of the actual move to its new home.