Dozens of local residents, including former Bullhead City Mayor Jack Hakim, were on hand this morning to witness history in the making– or at least on the move– as one of Bullhead City’s most historic buildings was moved to a new home. The ‘Lil Red Schoolhouse,’ built in 1947, made its 1440-foot trek down Highway 95 early this morning. The historic building will become the second piece of history to move to the recently created Colorado River Heritage Center at Bullhead City CommunityPark. It will sit behind the giant head frame from the historic Moss Mine, east of the city, which was moved to the park in 2013 by the owners of the mine, Golden Vertex. It was the wife of Golden Vertex CEO Dick Whittington that first suggested the city consider moving the schoolhouse and creating a cultural center at the park. The idea mirrors a similar situation in western Canada, which is where Jillian Whittington got the idea. She said, a schoolhouse in Edmonton, Alberta, which was built in 1881, had been used for everything but a historical icon until community leaders decided to move it near a river and turned it into a historical attraction. Until the idea of a cultural center became a reality in Bullhead City, the ‘Lil Red Schoolhouse’ was nothing more than a storage facility for the Bullhead CityElementary School District, which owned the building. The school board transferred ownership of the school to the city in 2013 so that it could be moved to the city-owned park, along the shores of the Colorado River. On Friday, construction crews will lower the schoolhouse from its transport trailer and attach it to the recently pour concrete foundation. Once the building is secure, volunteers with the heritage center will work to prepare the interior of the school house for a grand opening in September.
PHOTO COURTESY: Lisa McCabe/Golden Vertex