Red Barn

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Recently, while on a Sunday drive somewhere in southeast Nebraska, we came across this barn.


Harland thought it had been built as a feed storage barn for livestock. The feed was stored in the upper level. A wagon would be pulled through the large  doorway, and the feed dropped from above into the waiting wagon.

It appears to be unused today and falling into disrepair.

 Sad to see, but so it goes.

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While we were taking pics of the barn, I heard the sound of a group of cattle running up to the fence behind us across the road in a dry dusty lot.

They watched us expectantly.  “Did you bring us some grain?” they seemed to be saying.



Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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10 Responses

  1. Teresa says:

    Harland is so smart. The barn at my sister’s has a grain bin on the side that is built into the barn.

  2. Alica says:

    You’re right…it’s sad to see such a unique building falling into disrepair! And…what a neat picture of those cattle!

  3. Karen says:

    Isn’t it sad to see such a beautiful barn left to the elements? I wish there was a ‘Barn Rescue’ organization! We have barns like this in WA State, too, left to fade away. Love the cattle pic. Love all your pics! xx

  4. Kerry Hand says:

    You have such a great eye for this stuff. Your blog is such a great record. Kerry

  5. Laura says:

    Love the barn.

  6. Louise S says:

    Love the cattle picture with the dust surrounding the animals and the lighting. Very nice photo! The barn pictures make me a little sad.

  7. shelljo says:

    I think it would make a great house! It’s beautiful!

  8. Debbie says:

    Great post! And I love red barns! It is sad to see them falling apart. This one is so red, when do you think it was last painted? Great pic of the hopeful cattle!

  9. Eric says:

    Beautiful photos and a beautiful barn. Do you remember the location? I’d love to do some astro photography with this in the foreground. (I also sent you an email since this post is from last year)

    • Suzanne says:

      Sorry, but we found it by accident, so I’m not sure where we were. But the countryside is full of old barns. Just take the road less traveled.

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