Great State: Giant Pond Dock Begun in Dry Winter Now Finished in Wet Summer

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CHICKASHA, OKLAHOMA -- What a difference five months makes right?

A second time ranch visitor remarks, "The last time I was here I parked out in the middle of the pond."

"That's right," agrees Muscle Car Ranch owner Curtis Hart. "Everybody was asking me, 'what are you going to do for water?'"

The frozen mud hole on Curtis Hart's 'back-forty' has close to twenty feet of water in it now.

That dock he was building all winter and spring is finished.

"21 poles are in this structure," he describes, "71 poles are in this structure so there's no shake to it."

He used telephone poles and planks from an old bridge that used to cross the Red River south of Hollis.

Hart insists, "The boards weren't even harmed they're so well treated.".

Curtis has never been one to do small projects.

His Muscle Car Ranch is full of big signs and the biggest cars ever built.

He says, "I think it's wonderful to be able to sit out over this water."

His dock is no different, completed just in time for a music festival he's bringing back to the ranch.

"This will be one of about five stages at Twister Fest which is the first of its kind but actually our 25th Anniversary for shows. I've done about 35 shows since 1978."

Hard work and spring rains always bring good fortune to ranchers.

Curtis Hart is no different.

An idea that looked a little lonely and out of place in Winter took root and flowered in Spring.

Hart is hoping his well watered project will yield fruit now too.

"I think you're going to see a really neat culture at this thing," he says.

He finished his new dock just in time for a music and art festival taking place at Muscle Car Ranch June 26th and 27th.

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