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A piece of farming history now stands tall at the Cuming County fairgrounds

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WEST POINT, NE (KTIV) -  A piece of history that once stood on a family farm is now standing tall at the Cuming County fairgrounds.

This piece of history is a 50 foot tall, 25 ton horse barn built back in 1919. But, it didn't come without a lot of effort.

"We put an ad in the West Point newspaper and the Wisner paper if anyone would donate a barn and we had 11 responses and this is one of them." said Pat Schlickbernd, Cuming County Ag Society President.

The barn stood tall on farm in Dodge, Nebraska, and it housed horses and cattle until the mid-1940s.  

The barn was donated by the Ruskamp family and it was moved in January. That wasn't easy either.

"With the cooperation of Cuming County public power and the city of West Point and the cable companies and the sheriff. There was just numerous people involved in the move and it was quite the lengthy process."

The journey from the farm to the fairgrounds took two days, moving at a top speed of 15 miles per hour.

Once at the fairgrounds, the barn underwent a transformation.  The frame is original but some restoration work needed to be done.  

"There have been many donors. We have donor bricks out front. We presently have 19 and we have had 5 more that came forward during the fair already. "

The horse barn will be used to educate many about these traditional barns from the horse-powered era.

"Preserve that era of history of the hip roof barns and we just love the shape and the dimensions were right for this area. "

The barn stands alongside of many other turn of the century structures.

You can take a tour of the barn at the Cuming County Fair which runs through August 10th.

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