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The town of Niobrara was established in 1857 along the Missouri river, about a mile southeast of its confluence with the Niobrara river. In March 1881 an ice jam flooded the town with three to six feet of water. Teamsters, armed with house jacks, winches and capstans, block-and-tackles, oxen, mules, and horses moved Niobrara, building by building, to the benchland a mile and a half to the southwest. Niobrara was moved again in the 1970s.
The Royal Mews first started in its present location in 1760, when George III moved his carriage collection and some of his horses there from a site near Charing Cross. It was convenient for them to be near to the house which he had just purchased from the Duke of Buckingham - today's Buckingham Palace.
One of the finest examples of early 20th Century moving is this picture from the Shiawassee History website. See rails laid down in front of the house. The horse walked in a circle around that capstan which was anchored to a tree or some solid object. The winding of the rope around the capstan acted like a winch, pulling the house slowly forward on those rails.
Muskegons Crown Jewels | Flickr By Eridony.The Hackley & Hume Houses, both houses were constructed between 1887 and 1889. The houses share a "barn" between them, which was basically a third mansion for the horses. Hackley and Hume were two of the cities lumber barons during the last half of the 19th century.