Driving a house down Spring Creek Parkway takes patience and a lot more shimmying than you’d think. “Nudge over to the left a foot,” Billy Lemons yells out over the radio. “I don’t want to jump that curb if I don’t have to.”
Lemons moves houses for a living. His company, Lemons House Moving of Whitesboro, Texas, has been moving large structures like these since 1963, when his father first founded the business.
On this day, Billy is moving the Collinwood House, Plano’s oldest home built in 1862, about a mile down the road. For years, the city has tried to figure out what to do with the Gothic revival home that belonged to one of Plano’s founding families. The Civil War-era home was almost torn down because the city and voting taxpayers didn’t want to foot the bill for restoring it. But Collinwood got its happy ending when Clint Haggard and the Haggard family stepped forward to move the home onto their nearby farmland.
At left, Billy Lemons talks to his crew during the Collinwood House move on Sept. 19.
Clint Haggard drives a tractor to aid the truck that’s carrying the Collinwood house.