"Pull! Pull! Pull!" Making history & giving back to the Penfield Children's Center.
Built in 1904, the moving of The Bosch Tavern and Restaurant saved an important piece of Hales Corners' history.
Our company prepped the building for the move by setting it on 8 cross beams and 2 main beams. Setting the mains on 6 Hevi-Haul International skates, it was moved close to its final location using hydraulic push rams powered by a skidster. The last 2 feet to move The Bosch was saved for the Tavern Tug.
In the Fall of 2016, our company, Rick Putlitz (owner of The Bosch and organizer of the Tavern Tug), Gene Mueller from WTMJ and hundreds of spectators watched the tavern move from the muscle power of 200 people pulling on three ropes gathered to watch as 200 'tuggers' pulled the 150 ton Bosch Tavern to it's new home about 25 feet away from its original location. Each tugger paid $10 to grab a hold of the rope and pull, and all proceeds went to the Penfield Children's Center. Enjoy the videos and pictures of this historic move below.
Bosch Tavern Project Profile:
Distance Traveled: 2 feet by manpower!
Tavern length & width:
Tavern weight: Estimated 150 ton
Vacant historical train deport recycled as part of community park.
The Sussex train depot was built in the late 1800s. Not wanting the historic train depot to sit and waste away, the Village of Sussex came up with an innovative idea: turn an old 16 mile rail-trail into a walking and biking trail with the train depot as the trailhead. Called the Bugline trail, this innovative idea brings the community together to enjoy getting active outdoors and engage with history. The American Trails documented the move here.
Sussex Train Depot Project Profile:
Distance moved: 1 mile
Depot height: 20 feet
Depot length & width: 76 X 24 feet
Depot weight: 70 tons
Let's get the mill grinding again.
The historic Messer Mayer Mill was built in 1856 in Richfield, WI. The mill still has all original components, making it the only fully complete mill in Wisconsin. The Richfield Historical Society has been working hard to restore and make improvements to all of its original parts, with the goal of making it the only fully complete and functional mill in Wisconsin, so that future generations could enjoy its historical significance. This included Badger Contracting Inc's role: we came in shored (held in place) the mill and redid the crumbling foundation. This lofty endeavor made the project oversight so important and Badger Contracting Inc was up to the task. No one wanted to lose the mill to its crumbling foundation!
Interesting fact: the old, original stone was removed to add new, reinforced concrete. Each individual stone was documented, labeled, and placed back exactly as they were originally. That's quite a job!
Despite the monumental success of this project, Badger encountered a few challenges: .
1) The mill sits over a creek, where the foundation drops 26 feet down - all of it was crumbling;
2) Badger had a free span of 48 feet; and
3) Badger had to secure the historic hurst structure (holds millstone), which rested on the foundation, too.
Messer Mayer Project Profile:
Mill height: Stone foundation walls 26 feet (down from the wood building); 28 feet tall
Mill length & width: 60 X 30 feet
Mill weight: Estimated 100 ton; shored up about 70 ton