NORTH SALT LAKE -- Natalee Garrett still has long-lasting memories of her childhood home. On Thursday, she wanted some physical reminders as well.
When she heard her mother, Kathy Jackson, was going to the home -- which was demolished earlier that day -- where her family lived when she started kindergarten, Garrett quickly spoke up.
"I put in my request," Garrett said.
Garrett wanted part of the chair rail, which she remembers her mom etching, some stones from the entry and a brick.
Those physical reminders will fit well with her memories of trudging up the cul-de-sac and steep driveway when walking home from school, or climbing the hill behind the house.
"All of my best childhood memories are from there," Garrett said. "It's just a good chunk of my childhood, my formative years. I remember it vividly and distinctively."
With a few neighborhood folks watching, a crew from Buckridge Construction demolished the home at 418 Springhill Circle late Thursday morning.
"It needed to come down," said Greg Larson, of Buckridge Construction. "It was going to come down one way or another."
Larson said because of the Springhill landslide, which is 720 feet long and about 290 feet wide where it is crossed by Springhill Drive, the building has moved at least six feet since being built in 1975.
The house had been vacant for six to nine months, said North Salt Lake Mayor Len Arave, after it was repossessed by the bank because of the damage.
Jackson, who now lives in Murray, visited the house Wednesday afternoon and took some final pictures of the place. She also has good memories, noting that her son, Jeff Nigbur, was born when they lived there. Nigbur and his older sister, Darcee Boggess, also started kindergarten when living in the home.
There are other memories, maybe not so happy, that they have of the home in which they lived for five years.
Jackson said that, geologically speaking, the developers should have never built the home. Because of the active natural springs that run through that ground, she said, there was always water in the backyard. Now the constant damage by the wet soil has resulted in the destruction of the home.
"It was always marshy," Jackson said. "There was always water, you just couldn't get around it. It was very evident that there were springs. I think it's pretty much Mother Nature saying, 'Enough!'"
Garrett, who lives in Lehi, said she made her husband, Robert, drive by the home anytime they were in the area. At her husband's suggestion, Garrett did not visit the home on Thursday when it was demolished. The sight would have been too sad for her.
Jackson planned to pick up the items Garrett requested from the rubble.
Garrett did say, however, the next time they are in the area she will drop by to see what is left.
"I'll just try and move on and remember the good times," Garrett said.
The home at 410 Springhill Circle, next to the one that was demolished, is also vacant because of the landslide. That home has not suffered as much damage as its neighbor, and is not scheduled to be razed.