October 2007 - Davis Construction moved Long Island's famous Big Duck four miles up the
road to it's new home. The move began around 11 pm with a crowd cheering the Davis team on! The Big Duck traveled
through the night and safely arrived at its Flanders home around 4 am. Read the Dan's Papers version here.
Originally located on West Main Street in Riverhead, The Big Duck was relocated in 1936 to Route 24 in Flanders. In 1987, the duck, in the path
of a new housing development, was donated to Suffolk County and moved to the entrance to Sears Bellows County Park. Guy Davis
working in the family business moved the Big Duck in 1987. And now in 2007, Davis Construction has moved the
Big Duck back its former home (the spot it was moved from in 1987).
Alot has changed since the last time the Big Duck was moved. Now with the use of new technology, moving
massive structures (and ducks) is safer and faster than ever. Davis Construction used self- propelled, remote controlled,
hydraulic dollies to help evenly distribute the weight of the Duck while it traveled over uneven ground. These advanced
dollies allowed the Duck to "float" on oil which prevented cracking and twisting. Davis Construction is one of only
four structural movers in the country with this equipment. Check out PLUM TV's video of the move here.
Davis Construction has been involved in many large historic preservation projects and welcomes
the opportunity to work with other preservationists. Guy Davis donated the relocation services for the Big Duck move becuse
he believes in preserving history for future generations. Structural moving is the oldest and largest form of recycling and
helps reduce space in landfills.
The Big Duck has become one of the most famous examples of roadside
architecture. Architects use the term "duck" to describe buildings that are shaped like the product sold inside
them. As with other architectural "ducks", the Big Duck itself is signage - a colossal, three-dimensional, representational
"Preservation is especially important on the
East End of Long Island because there are so many historically significant structures in good condition. The Big Duck has
left its mark on the world of architecture and remains a proud landmark for all Long Islanders." - Guy Davis