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123-year-old north Portland house on the move

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A historic home is on the move.

After weeks of planning and back-and-forth proposals with city leaders, the 123-year-old Rayworth House is moving from 3605 N. Albina Ave. to a new home at North Bryant Street and Mississippi Avenue.

The house was set to be demolished, but a local couple stepped in to move it to another part of north Portland.

The city rejected their plans two weeks ago over concerns about traffic and trees. Initially, park officials were worried a dozen trees would need to be cut down.

Both sides worked together on a compromise that called for the removal of three trees. The route was also changed to minimize the effect on traffic.

Movers got the house propped up Monday and pulled it off its century-old foundation. It then hit the road Tuesday morning heading toward its final destination. 

"A lot of people have really pulled together to make this happen," said Roy Fox, owner of the Rayworth House, on Monday. "So, it is pretty exciting day to see it start."

Power lines were the other main concern about the move. Pacific Power had a team out Tuesday disconnecting lines along the route. People in the area were told they could lose power for a short period of time Tuesday morning.

The full cost of the move is estimated to be around $10,000. The home is believed to have been built in 1890 by Edwin Rayworth

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