And watching an excavator reduce a house to toothpicks is an awesome sight, indeed.
Fourteen structures are to be demolished along Prairie Street north of Main Street to make way for a new overpass over the Norfolk Southern Railroad line that bisects Prairie. I visited the location and saw demolition of one of them Tuesday. See the video below.
The excavator worked effortlessly, it seemed, making mincemeat of the home.
At one point, a refrigerator tumbled from the second story of the old home, left behind when the occupants left, apparently. Bryan Smith, one of several gathered watching the action, wished he could have gotten his hands on it.
Tony Coleman, another observer who stopped to watch while riding his bike, noted all the bricks from the structure.
"It’s alright to watch,“ he said, ”but you want to know if they’re going to salvage some of this."