Sioux Center Heritage Village moves through town

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (AP) – A replica of the first church ever built at Sioux Center, a one-room country school, a machine shed and old downtown businesses are among the Heritage Village buildings that are raised from the current village. location near the Sioux County Fairgrounds and transported across town to a new site at the western end of town.

With the exception of a tin storage building, everything will be moved from Seventh Street Northeast to Tower Fields, paving the way for an $ 8.5 million, 120,000 square foot indoor sports complex, the Sports Complex of the American State Bank, which will be built near the fairgrounds.

Sioux Center City Manager Scott Wynja said city council, which ultimately approved the move, and the volunteer Heritage Village board of directors hope the relocation of the 13 historic buildings will create “new enthusiasm” for the move. the village belonging to the city.

“We identified Tower Fields at Sioux Center as sort of a new location to move Heritage Village,” Wynja told the Sioux City Journal. “We see this as a tourist destination / attraction. They will build a gazebo on site, organizing various gatherings and events. We might even see smaller weddings and receptions on site. They are going to have additional playground equipment to bring more children and families to visit the site.

“It is our hope and our goal that they continue to perhaps offer more programs and make this a different kind of destination for our community. “

Wynja said the first Heritage Village site was not in itself historic. He said the buildings did not come from there, but were acquired by volunteers from the community, who started placing them there 25 years ago.

“When the (Sioux County) Youth Fair was held, it was an event or an opportunity for people to visit a wide variety of different buildings that Heritage Village had – the old one-room school, etc. “, explained Wynja. “Now, as our community continues to grow, sort of becoming this space – this area called Open Space Park, the city council has started talking about the possibility of different facilities and uses for this space. “

Wynja said the move, along with the new footings, foundations and other items would cost between $ 200,000 and $ 250,000. Dordt University has pledged $ 5,000 to relocate the historic Kuhl House, a house the university had originally donated and moved to Heritage Village, and $ 20,000 to support tree development at the new site.

Funding through tax increases will also be used to cover the cost of the project. Wynja said further improvements to the site are being funded through an estate donation from the Hulstein family.

“They have considerable dollars there that they are using for other improvements that they are making on the site. Ultimately, they want to build a visitor center / museum-like facility at the new site, ”he said.

Wynja said all footings and foundations began to be installed at the new site in the fall. He said the church had already been moved to Tower Fields and a handful of other buildings had been lifted off the ground for relocation by Berghorst & Son of Hull, Iowa. The support of the community and a number of volunteers who have stepped forward to help with the project are critical to the success of the move, he said.

“They have a lot of old artifacts, parts and materials that we have moved and moved over the past six months. Getting these people involved there is definitely appreciated by the community, ”he said.

Wynja estimates that the buildings will have to travel a few kilometers in total to their new home. When the process is complete, he said, depends on weather conditions and the moving company’s schedule.

“We probably expect over the next few weeks that we will see a number of other buildings start to be moved to the new site. There is an old barn that we have, which is actually going to have to be split into three sections to be moved. It is actually built together by building pegs. It will probably be a bit more difficult to move.

“We know that (the buildings) are all mobile. They’ve already been moved once, so we know it’s possible to move them again.

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