1990 - Volume #14, Issue #1, Page #17[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Patriotic Paint Job Honors US Flag
The McCarthy brothers got the idea for the patriotic paint job after seeing a television report about a barn m central Nebraska decked out to look like the Soviet flag. They decided it was time to send a message about their own symbol of national pride.
The bulk of the 50-year-old barn is covered with red and white diagonal stripes while the coupola is painted with stars on a blue background. They had to hang out windows on safety ropes to do the job, which took several days. Soon after they finished, the barn became a mini tourist attraction.
"People stop by all the time to photo-graph it and the Des Moines Register news-paper ran a story on it. We'll probably repaint it when the paint fades since so many people appreciate it," says John.
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