Last week we saw Amish men building a barn, this week they are moving one. Over the past week or so a video showing Amish men moving a pole barn has gone viral. I noticed today even the big UK media started covering it.
However, the original viral clip is not great. The phone is held at strange angles by the recorder, and there is some rough language in it.
I was just now able to find a better version to share with you. This clean video, recorded by someone else, shows much more of the moving process, from a better angle and closer view.
The one caveat is that the clip starts out with the regular recorded sound – which is nice because you can hear the move leader call out instructions to the team.
But about 90 seconds in, an instrumental song starts up, covering the natural audio. It would have been nice to have the full video without that overlay, so you could hear more of the interaction.
But that noted, this video on balance still comes out as superior to the one that has gone viral.
How many men are involved here? I would estimate in the 150-200 range, though other sources posting this are suggesting 300. These close shots show you their feet and lower legs moving along underneath and nothing else.
“Somebody’s walking backwards”, a man watching observes.
Yes indeed, a couple somebodies in fact. I wouldn’t want to trip, especially at the back.
The team maneuvers the barn down an incline.
The women follow along behind.
This video is also longer, and edited to show you more of the distance involved, while the popular one cuts off before the men get very far.
A young Amish guy races past on horseback.
At at least one point, they stop and lift up again. Maybe this was a rest break.
It’s not just the adults at work. Here you see a boy helping out as well.
Another interesting detail – a man riding on the frame within the barn.
A free-rider? Probably not. There must be a purpose for the team to carry his added weight.
I would guess he monitors the team from within the structure somehow, perhaps coordinating with the men walking in front of the barn.
The men finally get the barn to its new home, and rotate it into position.
This is reportedly the Hillsboro, Wisconsin community (not to be confused with Hillsboro, Kentucky, subject of yesterday’s post).
Here’s the full video, by YouTube uploader “Grandpa HERE”. Another great example of Amish teamwork.
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