CRAWFORD, Neb. The Fort Robinson State Park Mare Barn Complex renovation project is expected to be completed by June 1st.
This renovation includes re-roofing, raising steel places, leveling the roof off and re-doing stall doors. It is a 60 stall complex that can be rented by tourists to keep their horses in it. (Fort Robinson State Park)
This Mare Barn was built back in 1928 for starting to raise horses for the remount at Fort Robinson.
It started with 125 mares from Fort Keogh, Montana to be raised and born for the cavalry and artillery.
It is a 60 stall complex that can be rented by tourists to keep their horses in it.
There is also a campground next to it for stay.
During this time, the campground is not available until May 1st.
Superintendent One Robert Lemon states that it is one of the only buildings in the state or the world that is left.
“This is one of the only buildings in the world that is left standing like it,” said Robert Lemon, Superintendent One for Livestock and Grounds. “It was starting to deteriorate and crumble. It’s pretty unique that people can keep their own horses at the same place the military did.”
The renovation idea started about two years ago but the renovation itself started in fall of 2019.
This renovation includes re-roofing, raising steel places, leveling the roof off and re-doing stall doors.
309 Task Force is providing the funds to renovate this project.
This group provides funds to renovate older buildings throughout the state of Nebraska.
Hackel Construction out of Ord, Nebraska is doing the actual renovation.
Throughout the years, the park has seen an increase in equestrian riding.
The park offers over 170 miles of trail for riding.
The cabins and the park facilities is closed now until further notice.