Friday, August 26, 2011

Bruno Barn Move

It doesn’t have anything to do with mining or gold or silver, but it does remind us all of the value of teamwork and the amazing power it gives humans.  This one brought a smile to our face here at Got Gold Report and it likely will to others.  Overlook the static in the first few seconds of the video.  Watch the video first, then, read the details just below the link.  (Sadly, we are not sure of the source of the text, but we are grateful to its author and would be happy to give it proper attribution.)

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o83W0gj_CRE

 

“The story that came with the video: 

Moving a Barn...... This is pretty good.

News report from Bruno, Nebraska:

In 1981, Herman Ostry and his wife, Donna, bought a farm a half mile outside of Bruno, Nebraska , a small community sixty miles west of Omaha. The property had a creek and came with a barn built in the 1920s. The barn floor was always wet and muddy. When the creek flooded in 1988, the barn ended up with 29 inches of water covering the floor. That was the last straw. Ostry needed to move it to higher ground.

He contacted a building moving company and was discouraged by the bid. One night around the table, Ostry commented that if they had enough people they could pick the barn up and move it to higher ground. Everyone laughed.

A few days later, Ostry’s son, Mike, showed his father some calculations. He had counted the individual boards and timbers in the barn and estimated that the barn weighed approximately 16,640 pounds. He also estimated that a steel grid needed to move the barn would add another 3,150 pounds, bringing the total 
weight to just under 10 tons. He figured it would take around 350 people with each person lifting 56 lbs. to move the barn.

The town of Bruno, Nebraska, was planning its centennial celebration in late July of 1988. Herman and Mike presented their barn moving idea to the committee. The committee decided to make it part of their celebration.

So, on July 30, 1988, shortly before 11 a.m., a quick test lift was successfully made. Then, as local television cameras and 4,000 people from eleven states watched, 350 people moved the barn 115 feet south and 6 feet higher up a gentle slope and set it on its new foundation.

The reason most people think that something cannot be done is because they know that they can’t do it by themselves. But impossible things can be done if we join together in the task. Working together, we can not only move barns, but change the world.”  (End) 

 


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