Sandhills Scenic Byway
O.k. Luther Barn Construction
The sandhills Scenic Byway is a beautiful route to take if you are looking for spectacular views, good people, and for a couple months out of the year the sanddhill cranes come. This byway runs from Grand Island to Alliance, in-between there are many great towns to stop and visit. This route along highway 2 runs through more than 20 towns and cities.
To take this trip, it cost nothing but time and gas. It only takes five hours to travel the whole road, but it is recommended to stop and take in all of the greatness. The Sandhills Journey is known for its natural, recreational, and scenic attractions. In the spring, near Grand Island, is one of the best bird watching places for sandhill cranes; sometimes they see up to 500,000 cranes at one time.
Along the way, the trail goes through Broken Bow, where the Sand hills Scenic byway interpretive center is. The interpretive center used to be an old barn from the O.K. Luther ranch. The barn was moved in 2007. They had to navigate the barn through downtown Broken Bow, and also had to avoid power lines. The Broken Bow Utility Department and Great Plains Communications worked diligently to move wires to make room for the barn to pass underneath.
Berggren’s Construction fixed the barn up and made it sturdy and looks very nice. “It took a very long year,” said Pat Berggren. There are native grasses around the barn and it is handicap accessible. According to Pat Berggren, “over 40 people worked on the barn all together.” Before they moved they barn they had to prep the sight and compact the dirt so it met commercial grade compaction ratings.
The barn cost roughly $350,000 to remodel. The foundation of the bar took close to 50 yards of concrete. He also said that the barn was in pretty ruff shape. All the wood around the doors, windows, and the bottom of the barn needed to be replaced because of rot. It took 2400 Sq. feet of shingles to roof the barn.