Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The reasons for smaller barns to be built were probably varied. In the town that I live, the first properties built all had each small barns to house the cow for milk and the horse for the buggy. My neighbor's and my own property had barns built across the street from each other. I still have the foundation to that barn on my lot. The last barn standing in this town was torn down a year ago. It was a block up the street from where I live.
Another reason for small barns was probably economy. It was all one small farmer could afford and build on his own while scraping out a living off of the land. Some farms today in Iowa have both their small barn standing and also a larger one that was built later.
Spring on the prairie can be like a flower garden with the wild plum trees blooming and the early plants with flowers. This farm is not abandoned but is not in use. The need for a small barn for the horse is gone. Storing loose hay is outdated and a retired farmer can only view the scene of the past and remember.