Two Old Barns

Here are a couple of old Nebraska barns Mom and I noticed.  We saw this one on our way to Church.  It sits just of the highway.

This one is a few miles from Mom and Dad’s.  I am guessing it has long been abandoned.  I wonder what the logic is behind the shape of some barns.  I am sure there is a reason and function behind the construction.


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17 Responses to Two Old Barns

  1. Pattie says:

    The different barn designs are due to the different ethnic cultures that settled in the Midwest. Many took the ideas and styles from their fellow settlers and adapted them to their needs. I grew up on a farm in SD that had the gambrel style roof, which was adapted from the English style of construction. My Grandfather built his barn on the family homestead and it looked very much like your second set of pictures–he was of German descent, but his barn looked like a Swedish design. You can find more information here:

    • Robyn says:

      Thanks for the comment and barn insight Pattie! I can’t wait to check out the link you shared.

      The 1st barn picture was taken outside the Polish capitol of Nebraska. Mom and Dad are south 15-20 miles and I am not sure of the ethnic culture that settled there. The concept makes perfect sense; build what you know.

  2. Teresa says:

    Some barns do seem confusing with their shapes and slopes and lean-tos. Love that first one. 🙂

  3. Rose says:

    Oh, I love these….the second one intrigues me. It has so few openings…

  4. Beth - VA says:

    such a great grouping of barns. love the coloring too. (:

  5. The Coal Miner and Me says:

    I really love the photos of the barns. I wonder about the construction, too. It’s so nice to see them still standing, although sometimes only barely. 🙂

  6. Faye says:

    Another wonderer about the function of the different barns based on their shape. I know a little about KY barns but that’s it. In your photos, really admire the roof of the second barn–almost like shingles.

  7. Nice pictures of barns, very different from our in Norway.
    From Ingun

  8. Buttons says:

    Oh Robyn I love these old barns I take photos of every (not exaggerating) barn I pass I have so many. Some I have passed one day and they have blown down or fallen down the next. I may have a beautiful barn book some day or a beautiful now they are gone book someday you never know. Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog HUGS to you too. B

  9. Barb says:

    Hi Robyn,
    Thanks for visiting my post of Jesse’s Garden Fences.
    I love old barns and I missed your’s on Barn Charm. I try to look at everyone’s barns but sometime miss some. I especially like the the old abandoned ones like yours.
    I loved your blooming catus!
    Have a great weekend.

  10. Lori says:

    Love old barns!

    Thanks for sharing on Foto Friday,

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