Hidden Falls Ranch: 'It will bring us back to our mission statement'

Hidden Falls Ranch officials plan to break ground on the new facility Tuesday at 11 a.m.

It's been nearly 50 years since Hidden Falls Ranch had anything worth a half million dollars to brag about, but come Tuesday that will all change.

Ranch officials plan to break ground for a new conference center, all funds donated from a private estate.

"It really goes back to the heart and soul of our mission statement," Executive Director Byron Williamson said.

The ranch was built in 1965, and according to Williamson it was founded on the core value of America's greatest assets.

"It's the youth and the families," Williamson said. "We feel like we have done a really good job over the years working with the youth, but because of our facilities we have not been able to have as many families and parents involved as we would like to."

The 12,000-square-foot conference room will feature a large meeting space capable of seating nearly 300 people, large bunk rooms, private sleeping rooms, a full kitchen and facility restrooms.

"Right now our campers have to walk outside at night just to get to the bathroom," Williamson said. "It's just not convenient anymore."

Williamson said, Bob and Sally Jones left their estate to a board of trustees. One of the board members contacted the ranch, and plans to build a new conference room were set.

The plans have been rearranged 10 different times to make sure the newest addition to Hidden Falls Ranch is built to carry out the most important part of the mission -- family.