Main Street in Stony Plain, Alberta, was moved five kilometers north in 1907, to be nearer the railroad.
There wasn't much town to move -- just the Miller Brothers General Store, the front section of the Oppertshauser Hardware Store and a blacksmith shop owned by Jacob Schram, said [Doug] Laurie.
The townsmen hitched up their nine horses and mules and used a series of skids to tow the buildings.
"They laid trees down so they wouldn't sink into the swamp," Laurie said. "Strangely enough, they got (the buildings) straight." [John] MacDonald applied for a post office and chose a name for the little town along the tracks. In 1908, Stony Plain was born, turning the page on the old name, Dog Rump Creek. [Link]