SEDGWICK — Dozens of people lined the streets of Sedgwick to watch the town's historic Santa Fe train depot move to its new home next to the town's museum.

Unruh House Moving transported the 140-year-old wooden building from its former location on Jackson Avenue to a spot near a concrete foundation waiting behind the Sedgwick Historical Museum.

"It went good," said Dwayne Mastre, co-owner of Unruh House Moving. "We got backed in there up to the foundation but couldn't go all the way in because of the mud."

Along the way, electric lines and cables had to be raised for the depot to pass underneath and the movers coordinated with BNSF to cross Sedgwick's railroad tracks.

"You have to think of all the variables that could happen," said Sedgwick Historical Museum volunteer Rod Milne.

 

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Coordination for the move went smoothly, but setting the building on its new foundation will require precision because of buildings on two sides nearby.

"It's going to be a real trick getting it in there," Mastre said.

Nancy Stahl, president of the Sedgwick Historical Society, said she was both excited and nervous throughout the process.

"This is something we've wanted for a long time and to see it finally come to fruition is just humbling," Stahl said.

The 1880s depot was donated to the Sedgwick Historical Society last year by Madeline Mosiman. The Mosiman family acquired the wooden depot and moved it from its original location to their property in the early 1970s.

"I'm delighted," said Sedgwick resident Linda Eshelman. "I'm a very big lover of historic things and historic buildings, so I'm very glad it's being saved,"

The addition of the depot will give the Sedgwick Historical Museum three times its current space to display artifacts relating to the town's history.

"The museum right now is so crammed. We have stuff in tubs that have never seen the light of day over there, so it'll be nice to be able to get some of that out," Eshelman said.

With the additional square footage provided in the depot, the museum will be able to host meetings, events and programs for the community.

"It was built to hold an awful lot of freight," Milne said. "It's a really stout building."

The Sedgwick Historical Society plans to have the depot open for the public to view during the Sedgwick Fall Festival, which is being held Sept. 15 and 16.

Though the majority of its renovations will not be complete, visitors will be able to take a step back in time and see where the town's early residents gathered to receive shipments or start a journey.

The Sedgwick Historical Society is also offering memory bricks as a way to raise additional funds for the depot's move. Personalized red bricks are available for a donation of $100 each and will be placed in the sidewalk in front of the museum.

The Sedgwick Historical Museum is located at 523 N. Commercial Ave. in Sedgwick. For more information about visiting or volunteering, call 316-772-5151.