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Some Citizens Upset Over Plans to Tear Down Historic Home

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Shelley Osterloh reporting Some people in Cedar City are upset that the town's oldest pioneer home is scheduled to be torn down.

They are frantically trying to raise money to have part of it moved to another location, but even then much of it will be destroyed.

The house was built in 1866 by Joseph Hunter, who was sent by Brigham Young to settle the Cedar City area. It is Cedar's oldest pioneer home and holds a lot of the town history within its walls.

When the Catholic Church learned the home's owner was going to tear it down, it purchased the property to build a parking lot for it's adjacent thrift store. Then word got out.

Barbara Hunt, Trying to Save Hunter Home: "I don't know. I just don't think it should go down. It is just a vital part of our community in a beautiful area, historic downtown Cedar City."

Others came up with a plan to move the home.

Pat Sproul/ Manager, Ye Ol Catholic Thrift Shoppe: "We have worked in harmony with the people who would like to move the home. [We] have waited now close to three months for them to acquire funding to physically have a portion of the home moved."

But while some community members work to raise money, Barbara Hunt says it needs to stay where it is.

Barbara Hunt, Trying to Save Hunter Home: "If it's going to be moved, only the east portion of it will be moved, which destroys most of the building. So it destroys all the porch, beautiful woodwork on the porch. So to me, moving it behind the Iron Mission is not saving the home."

The Catholic Church says it doesn't have money to restore the home but needs the land. So before long, the building will be torn down.

Barbara Hunt, Trying to Save Hunter Home:"There have been too many buildings in the town torn down, unbelievably beautiful buildings that are just gone. We are not putting up much of a fight. Even if this goes down, we need change around here."

The city has reportedly offered some funds, but the community is still short some 40-thousand dollars to move even a portion of the old house. And community members are at odds over how to save the historic Hunter home.

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