Mustang on the Mountain

Mustang on the Mountain

From Kevin Barnett

The family and friends of Dan Barnett are raising funds to put up a mustang statue at Dan Barnett Field on the Argonaut High School's Campus.

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The family and friends of Dan Barnett are raising funds to put up a mustang statue at Dan Barnett Field on the Argonaut High School's Campus. We are purchasing a Mustang statue will place it on a permanent foundation with a commemorative plaque for Dan stating when and why the field was named for him. We thank you for any contribution you can make. Any extra funds will be given to the Argonaut Quarterback Club for future improvements to Dan Barnett Field.

September 13th . 2019

Barnett Launches CampaignTo Ready New Field

Amador Ledger Dispatch August 18, 1989

JACKSON - Local football aficionado Dan Barnett is waging an all-out campaign to ready the new, and as yet unused, Argonaut High School football field for ac­tion this season.

With about two weeks remaining before Argonaut's first game, Barnett is trying to raise the money, and get the school board's approval, for a parking lot, concession stands, an an­nouncer's booth, restrooms and a scoreboard at the field.

Games had been scheduled to be played on the old Butte Bowl field at Jackson Junior High School.

"There's a number of things (to be done), but I think they all could be accomplished," Barnett said.

"I've got the wheels turning already. All I'm waiting for is the blessing of the school board." The board meets next Wednesday.

The new field was built two years ago to replace the Butte Bowl and was intended to be the new football venue.

However, lights and other facilities were never placed on the new field. In addition, the lights on the Butte Bowl were taken down by the school district last summer, making night games an impossibility for Argonaut's Mustangs.

Barnett estimates the first-year cost of his plan at $15,000, some of which he will pay and some of which he hopes to raise in a "major community support drive."

Barnett met Wednesday with Amador County Unified School District Superintendent Cliff Tyler. Also present at that meet­ing were two Argonaut coaches, Argonaut's principal and the grounds chief for the district.

Superintendent Tyler said, "I was ve1y enthusiastic (at the meeting) about the plans.

"My recommendation based on what I saw would be to ask the (school) board to approve of these items. I think they're rea­sonable."

Tyler will make that recom­mendation at next Wednesday's school board meeting in Sutter Creek.

Barnett said he will be pushing hard on the Quarterback Club, a booster organization of which he is president, to back his plan in spirit and in dollars. He concedes that the previous goal of the club was to replace the lights on the Butte Bowl and that he's "trying a little bit of changing horses in the middle of the stream."

But, he said, "The field is there; the field's in good shape, and the district has put a lot of money into it."

He said also that unlike the Butte Bowl the new field has a track and that his plan would pre­sent opportunities for more sports to be played there while releasing the Butte Bowl for other uses.

In addition to approaching the Quarterback Club, Barnett will also be trying to raise money through a "gigantic yard sale" in which square yards of the new field would be sold. Although the "owners" will not have official)' ownership of the small parcels, they'll have "bragging rights," he said.

Furthermore, Barnett said, he will try for some corporate and service organization sponsorship of the plan.

For the first year, Barnett plans for some of the field's facilities to be temporary, such as mobile concession stands and announcer booths, and temporary bathroom facilities.

Argonaut football field to be dedicated Saturday


JACKSON -Four years after the first game was held on it; Argonaut High's football field will be dedicated as the "Dan Barnett Field" in a ceremony Saturday.

The dedication will take place in between the junior varsity and varsity football games and should begin around 1:30 p.m.

Although the land for the field was purchased by the Jackson School District in the 1970s, the field was still un­playable through the 1988 season. But Barnett stepped in and was the driving force behind completion of the field, recalled Argonaut principal Chris Equinoa. Barnett declined to comment.

"In the middle of the summer in 1989, Dan Barnett called me at home and said, 'Chris, what are the plans for the football field?"' Equinoa said. "I told him that there weren't any concrete plans, and he asked if I'd mind if he made some phone calls to put the field into playable condition. I told him to go ahead, but I was skeptical that it could get done."

After Equinoa returned from a one-week vacation, he was amazed at Barnett's progress.

"He had purchased bleachers, a scoreboard and a temporary press box," said Equinoa. "He got contractors, laborers. ... He just did an unbelievable job. It was a miraculous transformation. He basically ramrodded the whole thing through."

Less than two months after Barnett began working on the field Argonaut opened the 1989 football season with a home game against Upper Lake High. The field's debut was rather inauspicious, how, ever, as a downpour marked the opening game loss to Upper Lake.

"But we were all pleased because we were playing football on our own football field," said Equinoa.

Since then, Barnett has helped spearhead the school's drive to erect lights at the field. But, despite earlier hopes of playing this Saturday's games under the lights, Argonaut will have to wait until graduation in June to unveil the lights.

"He's been real instrumental in pushing for the lights," said Equinoa. "He's been a real plus as far as the financial standpoint. The community has seen how hard Dan has worked; he's a hard person to tum down."

When the student government began discussions of whom to name the field for, Barnett became the logical choice, Equinoa said. "We said there was no question in our minds. The only reason Argonaut is playing football on that field is because of Dan Barnett."

In addition to the unveiling of a green-on-white placard proclaiming "Dan Barnett Field" that will adorn the press box, Barnett will also receive a resolution from the student council and a plaque from the high school during Saturday's ceremonies.

The plaque reads:

"For your unselfish contributions and effort to improve and illuminate the Argonaut football field,

"We dedicate and name this field "Dan Barnett Field" in honor of your unceasing dedication to enabling Argonaut students to represent their school on a home field."

Steve Barnett, the last of Dan Barnett's four sons to play football for the green and white will suit up Saturday.

Barnett's other sons - Ken, who played for Jackson High, and Kevin and Chris, who played for Argonaut will also be present at the ceremony.

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