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23rd May
written by Richard
Palmer & Son created some interest yesterday by driving a house through the streets, mounted on an improvised truck. In about two hours the building was hauled not less than ten blocks. Telegraph and telephone lines along the route were demoralized. –San Diego Union, Sept. 23, 1885
Rarely seen today, house moving became a common sight in San Diego once the Palmers came to town. In the late 19th century, moving a building often made more economic sense than razing the structure and starting over with new materials. In San Diego, the house moving franchise of the Palmer family moved buildings around town for over half a century.

Click here for the story of The House Movers.