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On Wednesday, August 19, 2020, at 8 am the Eagle Museum of History and Preservation got rolling towards its new home on the Eagle City Hall Campus. The Museum, a former catholic church, was previously located at The Landing, 175 E Mission Drive. The City sold The Landing property at auction in July, but the Museum was not part of the sale.
The City contracted with Western States Movers to lift the building and haul it 0.3 miles from the Landing to Eagle City Hall, 660 E Civic Lane. Idaho Power was on hand to move one powerline out of the way. It took around 3 hours to ease the building through the streets and on to City Hall property. The Museum’s final home will be on the island in between the City Hall and Eagle Public Library driveways. The City will move the water feature that is currently on the island, build a foundation for the Museum, and reinstall the water feature once the building is in place.
The Museum building was built in 1937 and was initially called St. Mary’s Mission. Wednesday was not the first time it has rolled down the streets of Eagle. The congregation moved the building in 1971, and the parish council decided to rededicate it as St. Matthew’s to avoid confusion St. Mary’s in Boise. In the 1990s, New Heights Baptist Church bought the property. In 2007 the church was renovated as part of the Landing Community Center. Before the City purchased the property in 2019, the church was a storage space for local non-profit organization Full Circle Exchange.
The City of Eagle would like to thank Western States Movers and Idaho Power for their help in this effort. The City would also like to thank neighbors on the route to City Hall for handling our slow procession with patience and good humor.