I lived in Calgary several years ago, and it was my first time ever living in the West. It was a great experience, and I got quite interested in the history of Calgary, especially the buildings. I wrote for a local newspaper for awhile, concentrating on historic buildings in the city. So when I saw this article from the July 1930 Popular Mechanics, I knew I had to write about it. I don't know if this house is still around, though. And I wish I knew who built it, because he was clearly a man who didn't let a little mistake like the wrong building site stop him. I like that kind of perseverance.
|Calgary's Elbow River|
Now there's a home renovation project and a half. But this clever Calgarian did not give up and say: I guess I don't mind being on the wrong river bank. No, he built himself a temporary bridge made of logs, hired a tractor - and simply had the whole house pulled across the Elbow to the other side, where he had built, in advance of this, a concrete foundation. I especially like the little canopy on the tractor - it looks a little bit like the Surrey With the Fringe on Top from Oklahoma!, doesn't it? And I like the pioneering can-do spirit that inspired someone to haul that house across the river on some logs so that it would be in exactly the right place. He thought he could - and he did.