Museum showcases Rock Gym court

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Kathy White, left, Barry County Museum director, and Richard Asbill, superintendent of Cassville Schools, stand by a piece of the former Rock Gym floor, which the school donated to the museum. Contributed photo

Cassville Schools donate piece of history to county museum

The Barry County Museum is now displaying part of the historic Rock Gym floor, which was damaged back in January from a water leak.

The Rock Gym court, which the Cassville School District uses for basketball and volleyball, was damaged by a water main break, and the building is undergoing renovations.

After the district removed the exact center of the court, Museum Director Kathy White said Superintendent Richard Asbill told her that she could have a piece of the floor. She picked out the northwest side of center court.

"We wanted a piece of this basketball court for historical purposes," White said.

Joe Schmitz, a Cassville High School industrial technology teacher, cut the floor portion and attached wood slats behind it for the museum, located at 15858 Highway 76.

In the exhibit, the museum has also displayed photos of a 1974 basketball game and a 1962 band performance on the court, along with an excerpt from Bob Mitchell's column in the Cassville Democrat about the limestone gym.

This gym means a lot to the Cassville High School alumni and the area natives, White said. The Works Progress Administration built the gym during Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency, and it was later named the J.C. Duncan Gymnasium, after longtime coach J.C. Duncan retired from the district.

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