Bonnie Springs Ranch is officially under new ownership. The replica old west town housed right outside Las Vegas was sold for $25 million on Tuesday.
The attractions are going away to make way for homes and other developments. But one local woman says it’s her mission to save a piece of the property’s history, but she needs the public’s help.
Sharon Linsebardt spends her days taking care of animals. She owns the Las Vegas Farm and Barn Buddies Rescue, which is a non-profit on 5-acres in northwest Las Vegas serving the community for roughly 50 years.
“What we do is rehabilitate, take in and care for farm animals that have been hurt, injured, abused abandoned, really in trouble,” said Linsebardt.
The property hosts weddings and other events to generate revenue for this work, but now Linsebardt’s turning her focus to another project: She wants to bring the chapel from Bonnie Springs Ranch to Las Vegas Farm and Barn Buddies Rescue.
“I have watched this community destroy, bulldoze, implode run over almost everything historical here, and I would really love to be able to have the farm and Bonnie Springs remain, marry each other in a small sense and continue this on for the community of Las Vegas.”
Linsenbardt has already chosen a spot for the chapel on The Farm. She wants to put it next to the chicken coop and in between two olive trees.
“We just have to move a few things, but we’ve got the space in here,” Linsenbardt said.
The chapel was built in 1994 and is a copy of another church in central Nevada, according to the former owners. They donated it to Linsenbardt but she said they gave her one stipulation:
“You just need to get it off the property. I said ‘great.'”
But she’s facing challenges when it comes to the cost of transporting it.
“Moving a building 20-feet wide is not an easy deal,” Linsenbardt said. “We’ve talked to people. We’ve talked to people that move big stuff. Mobile home people won’t do it because it’s too wide.”
But in spite of the setbacks, Linsenbardt still aims to protect a piece of southern Nevada’s history, while caring for the animals on her farm.
“The chapel is a way for us to save the farm and continue to have an income by giving weddings that will help us save these animals and pay for their care,” Linsenbardt said.
The Las Vegas Farm and Barn Buddies Rescue set up a GoFundMe page for donations. To donate go here.