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Bonanzaville moves Arthur Town Hall

Employees from Schmit House and Building Movers out of Wyndmere, N.D. move Arthur Town Hall from the west end to the east end of Bonanzaville Friday morning, December 16. Carrie Snyder / Forum Communications Co.

Schmit Movers began the three part process of moving Arthur Town Hall to the east end of Bonanzaville's village on Thursday, Dec. 15.

The work involved first placing beams under the building and preparing to lift it off the stilts. Power lines were also taken down along the route for the physical move of the building so it could be set on it's new foundation.

Executive Director Troy White and Board Member Marie Shields secured funding for the project earlier this fall. At that time, Facilities Manager Joseph Vasek began organizing preparation work including excavating the new location and building support walls.

The building has been sitting on stilts since fall 2010, when it was moved to make room for building the Lucien C. Barnes Pavilion.

Arthur Town Hall was moved to Bonanzaville in September 1971 from Arthur, N.D. It is known as the location for movies and free popcorn during Bonanzaville events.

Bonanzaville is operated by the Cass County Historical Society, with a mission to collect, display and interpret artifacts relevant to the history and cultural heritage of the Red River Valley. It is the region's largest historical attraction with 43 buildings, and more than 400,000 artifacts.

For more information contact Kira Gilbraith at 282-2822 or