The Tate barn has been a symbol of Wasatch County's farming and ranching community for years. But that symbol is deteriorating.

Time has taken its toll on the barn. A portion of the roof has collapsed and the exterior is worn.Friends of the Wasatch Mountain State Park and the Heber Valley Historic Railroad are teaming to raise money to rebuild the barn. Money from train tickets on a special excursion Saturday, Sept. 12, will go toward the project.

The ride begins at 10:30 a.m. and tickets are $25 per person or $50 for a family. Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, and Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, will address the passengers during the trip. The bluegrass band Fire on the Mountain will perform.

The train will stop at the Tate Barn so passengers can see it. The barn was used on a dairy farm, owned by Francis Tate. It was built around the turn of the century.

Call 435-654-5601 for reservations for the ride.