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Nowata, Oklahoma: Chris Barbee's Bowling Ball Yard (Closed) Team Field Report

From downtown, drive north one mile on US Hwy 169. Turn right onto E021 Rd (a gravel road). Drive a little over a mile. Bowling Ball Yard on the left.
Sept. 2019: Permanently closed.

Chris Barbee's Bowling Ball Yard.

Chris Barbee's Bowling Ball Yard

Bowling Ball Man Chris Barbee has filled his yard with art made from old bowling balls. There's an American flag, a pyramid, a bowling-ball-size billiard table, and more. Sept. 2019: Chris moving closer to family; attraction closed. Report...

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Chris Barbee's Bowling Ball Yard.

Bowling Ball Yard

My husband and son went out to the Bowling Ball Yard today and Chris was taking everything down. He said they should have come last week because he was closing down. I don't know if its for good, but most of the art was not there.

[Erin McCarthy, 09/22/2019]

Chris Barbee is moving to live closer to family, so he's dismantled his bowling bowl art displays. There are no plans to recreate them elsewhere.

Bowling Ball art.

Chris Barbee's Bowling Ball Yard

Roll on through some time to experience some striking bowling ball art.

[Ryan J, 11/09/2018]

Chris Barbee's Bowling Ball Yard.

Chris Barbee's Bowling Ball Yard

Great stop! Chris Barbee came out to share his story with us.

[D&M, 12/12/2017]

Bowling pin flowers.

Chris Barbee's Bowling Ball Yard

Chris Barbee is a farmer that loves his Bowling Ball Art. His garden has "flowers" with bowling balls in the middle and bowling pins for the petals. He spoke of the tour buses driving down the gravel road for a visit. The people "oooo" and "ahhh" at his art, but no one offers a tip, not even the tour company. Chris is getting old and we need to offer our support.

[Queen Becky, 04/05/2017]

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