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Old school building to be moved to Pioneer Park on Saturday

Alcoa Intalco Works engineer Travis Linds, left, and public relations manager Raina Clark, talk to Ferndale Heritage Society's Linda Harkleroad and Bonnie Wiesen on June 25, 2015, about moving the 1916 schoolhouse in the background from Intalco property to Pioneer Park in Ferndale.
Alcoa Intalco Works engineer Travis Linds, left, and public relations manager Raina Clark, talk to Ferndale Heritage Society's Linda Harkleroad and Bonnie Wiesen on June 25, 2015, about moving the 1916 schoolhouse in the background from Intalco property to Pioneer Park in Ferndale. The Bellingham Herald

A 99-year-old historic school building will be moved from Alcoa Intalco Works to Pioneer Park in Ferndale on Saturday morning, Sept. 26.

Members of the Ferndale Heritage Society raised money to have a contractor move the former West Mountain View School and library building, which was constructed in 1916. It had been staying at Intalco’s Totem Terrace recreation area since the early 1990s, but was of no use to the company recently.

It should take about three hours to move the building to Pioneer Park, said Ferndale Heritage Society Chairwoman Bonnie Wiesen. It will move down Lake Terrell Road, turn on Slater Road and continue east until Ferndale Road. The building will then travel up Ferndale Road to the park.

Some of the roads may be closed during that time, as the building is over 20 feet wide and other cars won’t be able to get past it. The exact time it will start traveling has not yet been determined, though it will be sometime Saturday morning, Wiesen said.

The Ferndale Heritage Society has said the building would provide space for a children’s exhibit at Pioneer Park.

Reach Wilson Criscione at 360-756-2803 or wilson.criscione@bellinghamherald.com.

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