History still alive as barn built in early 1900s gets restored

    History still alive as barn built in early 1900's gets restored (NTV News)

    An Overton barn built in the early 1900s is finally getting a new look.

    If a barn could talk, this specific one would tell you it's traveled.

    Now, it's finally getting a new face after many decades.

    The barn moved Northeast from old Pearson Ranch in 1996, where it was physically transported across the Platte River.

    "We moved it from the ranch. It had to cross the river. There was no other way. It took a lot of power company for the wires. It was kind of an expensive deal," said the barn owner Allen Olmstead.

    $13,000 later, it eventually became a staple item on the Olmstead's secluded property.

    The barn held horses for many years when his kids were young.

    Allen says he looks back now to many memories.

    "I miss it. They're not quite that small now. They had a lot of friends with horses and they brought their girlfriends. I kind of miss that activity," said Olmstead.

    With grown-up kids and a barn that became a shed, he figured he should restore it.

    "I finally had to put a new roof on it a couple years ago. Once you spend that much money, you look at the barn and think well if I don't do something with it soon, I might as well of not done the roof. Everything under it is good. It was just time. There was too much rot. It's been too many years," said Olmstead.

    Madsen Roofing and Exteriors LLC came to the rescue offering to help restore the barn for a good price.

    The barn will have a new look on the outside with everything on the inside staying the same.

    "Everything from the structure up. We've re-framed all of the windows. We've re-framed all of the doors. We're in the process of toe-nailing all of the rafters together so nothing will fall apart. There's all new sheeting on the exterior, new trim, new windows. It's pretty much a brand new building," said the owner of Madsen Roofing and Exteriors Josh Madsen.

    With it's history, the barn will still keep some of its character.

    "The hay mound door in it's original state. We're going to scrape it down and be able to reuse that. It's hopefully going to be a focal point of the property," said Madsen.

    The barn is expected to be completed within the next few weeks.

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