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    Barns and barn styles

    I have lived in Iowa for 10 years yet no one has really answered these questions I have about barns. Hopefully some of you have genuine answers.

    One, why do so many barns have walls right inside the doors? What purpose does this serve? Attachment 17317

    Two, why don't farmers or land owners tear down buildings that are to a point where it is unsafe and unwise to use them?
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    First pic/first question: That might actually be a corn crib. Too shot to tell for sure. A corn crib is the pre-cursor to grain bins, my family still had one in use in the 90's. Essentially the doors are just a drive thru for the wagons to unload. There's a trench across the middle of the drive thru where a conveyor runs the corn over to a vertical elevator that takes the grain up to the top and it fills into each side. The reasons I'm thinking this *might* be a corn crib is the cupola or whatever you call it at the top, that might be the mechanicals for the elevator. Likewise, gaps in the side boards. These would be closed much smaller with boards/mesh on the inside, but corn cribs often had methods of ventilation to allow the corn to continue to dry.

    If that's not a corn crib, it was also common to section off parts. For example in a horse barn, the first room inside the door was often a tack room, then you'd have horse stalls behind that.

    Second pic/question: I have no idea, I wonder the same thing when I drive by.




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    Re: Barns and barn styles

    First one is not a barn, it's a corn crib. It was used to dry and store ear corn.


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    First one is not a barn, it's a corn crib. It was used to dry and store ear corn.

    We stored shell corn as well.




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    Why don't they get torn down? Many reasons ... first, it costs money. Second, there maybe emotional reasons, "That was the barn my grandfather built," etc.


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    Re: Barns and barn styles

    I remember playing in those big boys as a kid. You could play full court basketball games or swing from a rope and slam into some hay bails. There was so much to do. I sure wish I had access to some for my kids and it just stinks seeing these crumble and fall apart.

    I can't imagine all the work and money that went into building these things back in the day. I'm also a huge fan of older architecture and in awe of what they could do before all the tools and technology we use today.



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    Re: Barns and barn styles

    I know the large amish constructed barns on the farmstead used square wooden nails which I thought was pretty cool.



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    Re: Barns and barn styles

    They don't tear them down because they are so cool for city folk to photograph.



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    Re: Barns and barn styles

    Jebus the OP is a moron. How many more troll threads does he need to start?



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    Re: Barns and barn styles

    Where was that first picture taken? It looks extremely familiar, and I can't place it.



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    Re: Barns and barn styles

    They do not tear them down as they eventually fall down by themselves. Then just set them on fire or sell the planks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by VTXCyRyD View Post
    Where was that first picture taken? It looks extremely familiar, and I can't place it.
    You can probably get that picture at about 100 places in Iowa. Other than the fields themselves, disused corn cribs and windmills seem to be the most populous items in the Iowa landscape.

    I'll be there are 5,000+ old corn cribs still standing in this state.



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    Jebus the OP is a moron. How many more troll threads does he need to start?
    what the hell is your problem? Oh **** someone asks a farm question on a farm schools message board. Moron, eh.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mtowncyclone13 View Post
    what the hell is your problem? Oh **** someone asks a farm question on a farm schools message board. Moron, eh.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mtowncyclone13 View Post
    I have lived in Iowa for 10 years yet no one has really answered these questions I have about barns. Hopefully some of you have genuine answers.

    One, why do so many barns have walls right inside the doors? What purpose does this serve?

    Two, why don't farmers or land owners tear down buildings that are to a point where it is unsafe and unwise to use them?

    Thanks!!
    Like someone else said the 1st one was for storing corn that was still attached to the cob. Early versions of this building had the interior walls along the alley that folded down onto the top of the open top wagon that also had one or both fold down sides. The sides of the wagon, sometimes also had fold down sides so that when the corn was hand picked, you didnt have to toss it in the air so far until the horse drawn wagon was starting to get full. The walls folded down in the "crib" onto the wagon for the same reason, except to unload the wagon. Later models/remodels of cribs had holes in the roof and portable elevators and hydraulic lifts on the wagons and tractor powered corn pickers eliminated a lot of the manual labor.


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