Horse found at Carpet Barn in Springfield now in Kansas Metropolis

KANSAS Metropolis, Mo. — A Missouri landmark from the Ozarks observed its way to an unforeseen house in the middle of Kansas Town, many thanks to some important childhood reminiscences.

For decades, a large horse named Barney hung on the facet of a Carpet Barn area on Highway 13, north of Springfield. Barney’s massive smile and cowboy hat welcomed drivers to the Ozarks for decades.

“Growing up, Barney was that landmark that I would move by in Springfield and I would know I was nearly property, you know? My family’s all from Springfield,” said Shawn Arcidino, owner of Atomic Collision in Kansas Metropolis.

Carpet Barn shut in 2017, and instantly the welcoming landmark disappeared. Arcidino explained he missed looking at Barney on his drives to Springfield to check out family and pals.

“I experienced went down to Springfield in 2019 for vacations and I drove by Carpet Barn and he was long gone. It just genuinely upset me that he wasn’t there, you know? He was just constantly there,” Arcidino explained.

Arcidino tracked down the new operator of the property and explained he’d like to buy Barney, but by no means read back again on his give. This summer season, Arcidino manufactured the push all over again, and decided to drop in on his aged mate.

“I just stopped in there, I’m gonna go in to see him, you know?” Arcidino explained. “I walked in and I’m like, hey, can I get some photographs with Barney? They’re like yeah, you wanna obtain him? I’m like yeah, offered.”

Arcidino returned to Springfield to get Barney, but right before hauling the horse to its new home, Arcidino resolved he needed 1 a lot more taste of his childhood. He pulled into Hong Kong Inn and requested Cashew Chicken. But he did not anticipate the response he acquired.

“I went there and just a mob of persons, like ‘Is that Barney?’ ‘Is that Barney?’ Which is Barney,” Arcidino said. “So, I got my cashew rooster to-go, just for the reason that I was obtaining mobbed there, but yeah, he’s popular.”

Arcidino reported he has Springfield roots, and guarantees to choose treatment of Barney. Arcidino programs to restore the horse, and return him to the facet of a barn. It might be hundreds of miles absent from Springfield, but Arcidino said he is aware Barney will sense at property.

“I’ve bought an antique barn, I’m gonna put him back on, it is not community but he’ll be capable to be viewed by appointment,” Arcidino said.