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Amish builders reassemble historic barn at Top of the Rock Golf Course

It's 150 years old, but it's the latest addition to a construction project just south of Branson.

April 05, 2011|by Linda Russell, KY3 News | KY3 Reporter

RIDGEDALE, Mo. -- It's 150 years old but it's the latest addition to a construction project south of Hollister.  It's a barn taken apart and being put back together by the Amish workers.

The old barn was found by Bass Pro Shops owner Johnny Morris and his wife, Jeanie.  It comes from Latrobe, Pa., which is legendary golfer Arnold Palmer's home town, and is being called Arnie's Barn.

Morris had been looking for just such a barn for the Top of the Rock Golf Course near Branson for several years.  He decided this particular barn would be perfect, and Arnold Palmer himself even got involved. The barn was hauled in pieces on seven tractor trailers to the Ozarks, where it will have a magnificent view of Table Rock Lake.

Morris hired a crew of Amish men from the Seymour area to take the barn down piece by piece, number those pieces, and put them all back together. 

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"It's history, kind of going back in time.  They do similar work to what was done 100, 200 years ago, and they're really the only ones that understand this kind of craftmanship and can deal with it.  If you watch them on the beam work and stuff, and the way they climb around there, they're like acrobats," said Bass Pro construction manager Tim Smith.

The barn building will become the signature pro shop at Top of the Rock, which is near Big Cedar Lodge and will be surrounded with a bar and grill, natural history museum, a nature park, and of course, a world class golf facility with 99 unique holes.  It's all slated to open up next spring.

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