Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Demise
















If you can keep the roof integral, these old barns can last forever-- barring other calamities.
This one is over 125 years old and will be gone, I estimate, within one year. The left shot shows how the side which remains covered by the roofing is still in good shape. But it is the east side which will pull the structure down as it deteriorates . This exists on the missouri river valley farmland (some of the richest in the country) available after the river was channelized and levies built to contain the once-meandering river. When these are gone, they are replaced by "engineered" buildings of not quite the same appeal.

11 comments:

  1. yes, goatman, this is heartbreaking - having seen it happen many times in and about my hometown in rural Georgia.....the vernacular being replaced by 'more modern; more efficient'.......some part of our history; our connections to our past feel as though they are disintegrating....right before our eyes...... lovely photos - rdg

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  2. Thank you, Goatman, for the pics...it is one of my favourite pastimes...to find an old barn and preserve its character in my photos.

    There are many old barns, just like this one, through the prairies. There was one that I watched disintegrate on an annual basis as I visited relatives in Saskatchewan, each year taking photos of its decline.

    Finally, it was just a pile of rubble, but its demise took about five years.

    It left a hole in the landscape.

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  3. "engineered" buildings may look cool!! but it can't replace the sentimental value of the old barns.

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  4. Such vastness ... expanse ... and the original barn ... love the photographs.

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  5. Beautiful! wide open spaces! so nice.

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  6. A little quote from a recently deceased "friend" of many years...thanks, art.


    "We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia, and everyone seems to think yesterday was better than today. I don't think it was, and I would advise you not to wait ten years before admitting today was great. If you're hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time." ~Art Buchwald

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  7. Old barns have appeal. These pictures make me remember the old barn buildings at my great-grandparents' place. I wonder how those old buildings are doing, or if they're even still there!

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  8. I have a friend that owns The Inne at Watson's Choice bed. He bought old barns tore them down and used the wood to build the Inne. It is so beautiful...

    Love To All...

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  9. there is a certain appeal to the wrecks... thank you for sharing

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  10. Old barns indeed have an appeal!

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  11. Thank you for visiting my blog - yes, T or C has LOTS of hot springs, and mineral baths ...

    It is heartbreaking, as rdg says, but I love looking at the photos. Crumbling buildings have character, artistic interest, and that everpresent sense of history.

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