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Barns in Van Buren County, Iowa

Barns on this page - Klodt Cattle Barn, Parsons Barn, Galloway Barn, Finney Barn, Clark Barn, Zane Barn

Klodt Cattle Barn, 21483 Acorn Ave, Milton, IA

The owner of this barn, Brad Klodt, wrote the following history of this barn.

The barn originally was built in 1895 in Germanville, a small area north east of Fairfield, Iowa.  Most of the white oak frame-work beams are sawn but some have been hand hewn, and originated from 1895.  The original dimensions of the barn remained per 1895 specs.  The barn was built mainly for loose hay storage and to house a few animals.

It was given to me in the winter of 2000 and dismantled in the winter of 2001 by a local Amish contractor and his crew whom are also neighbors.  Each beam was tagged and corresponding blueprints made.  On December 31, 2001, I received a phone call stating the crew planned on starting on the barn the next day.  Reassembly started on January 1st and finished by the end of the month.  What an amazing process!

Since the bottoms of the upright posts were cut off because they had rotted from manure and such, the height of the barn would not be the same as the original. So to compensate for this, short concrete piers were molded into the new concrete floor prepared for this barn, in addition to the sill around the perimeter.  You can see these in a few of the photos.

The sheathing boards on the roof were no longer safe, so they were replaced with modern boards.   A metal roof replaces the original shakes.  The cupolas were assembled on the ground, but had to be taken apart in order to get them up to the roof using ropes and block and tackle, all by hand.

Most of our English neighbors thought we were nuts for putting this much effort into an old barn.

As the last day of assembling the frame came to a close, it was found that all of the original pins that held the barn together had been used and there were not enough to finish.  The original pins had been driven out with a 3/4inch shaft and several had shattered in the process.  The next morning one of the fellows came to work carrying a five gallon bucket of new pins.  As his father had built and repaired buggies for years, he had an ample supply of old wooden buggy wheels laying around so he made pins out of the old spokes!

We had a portable sawmill come to the farm and we cut lumber for the hay mow floor, gates, and interior walls.  All of the original siding had been removed before I obtained it, so new rough-cut pine siding was used.  Parts of the barn that would deteriorate due to use or the elements, were replaced.  Others, re-used.

The barn was moved and preserved using all original material that could be used.  We were able to reuse the Loudon hay track and trolley.

The barn is open for special events and barn tours sponsored by The Villages of Van Buren.  The people always love it when I point out the buggy spokes!  And it is due for a new coat of paint.   - Brad Klodt.

Klodt Cattle Barn.  Photos taken Oct 11, 2014, during the Villages of Van Buren Scenic Drive Festival.
Klodt Cattle Barn.

Klodt Cattle Barn.
Klodt Cattle Barn.

Klodt Cattle Barn.
Klodt Cattle Barn.

Klodt Cattle Barn.
Klodt Cattle Barn.

Klodt Cattle Barn.
Klodt Cattle Barn.

Klodt Cattle Barn.
Klodt Cattle Barn.

Klodt Cattle Barn.
Klodt Cattle Barn.

Cupola.  Klodt Cattle Barn.
Klodt Cattle Barn.

Pressing apples to make apple juice.  Klodt Cattle Barn.
Klodt Cattle Barn.

Klodt Cattle Barn.
Klodt Cattle Barn.

Klodt Cattle Barn.
Klodt Cattle Barn.

Model of the Wickfield Sales Pavilion, in Cantril, Iowa.  The real barn is on the National Register of Historic Places.  More info is on the Louden Tour website.
Klodt Cattle Barn.

Photos taken 10-11-14 during the Villages of Van Buren Scenic Drive Festival by Jeff Fitz-Randolph.
Klodt Cattle Barn.

Another photo is on Wilford Yoder's photo page (scroll down to the 10th photo).

 

All the barns below are bank-style barns

Parsons Barn, 22055 Hwy 1, Keosauqua, IA

Located just south of the center of Keosauqua, near top of the hill, west side of Hwy 1.
Parsons Barn, July 2013.

Parsons Barn 2.
Parsons Barn, July 2013.

Parsons Barn 3.
Parsons Barn, July 2013.

Another photo is on Wilford Yoder's photo page (scroll down to the 15th photo).

 

Galloway Barn, 16677 Hwy 1, north of Keosauqua

Galloway Barn 1.
Galloway Barn, July 2013.

Galloway Barn 2.
Galloway Barn, July 2013.

Galloway Barn 3.
Galloway Barn, July 2013.

Galloway Barn 4.
Galloway Barn, July 2013.

Galloway Barn 5.
Galloway Barn, July 2013.

This barn is on the National Register of Historic Places, listed under "Midway Stock Farm Barn."  More info is on the Louden Tour website.

 

Finney Barn, 17248 Hwy 1, north of Keosauqua

Finney Barn 1.
Finney Barn, July 2013.

Finney Barn 2.
Finney Barn, July 2013.

Finney Barn 3.
Finney Barn, July 2013.

Finney Barn 4.
Finney Barn, July 2013.

 

Clark Barn, 27882 107th Street, north of Stockport.

NOTE: To find it on Google Maps, for an address, use -- 27882 105th Street, Stockport, IA

Clark Barn 1.
Clark Barn, July 2013.

Clark Barn 2.
Clark Barn, July 2013.

Clark Barn 3.
Clark Barn, July 2013.

Clark Barn 4.
Clark Barn, July 2013.

Clark Barn 5.
Clark Barn, July 2013.

Clark Barn 6.
Clark Barn, July 2013.

 

The Zane Barn is located in Bonaparte, Van Buren County.

A photo is on Wilford Yoder's photo page (scroll down to find it)

Photos by Jeffrey Fitz-Randolph, July 10, 2013, and Oct 11, 2014 (Klodt Barn)

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