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Barns Are a Disappearing Part of Americana   9 comments

Since the advent of BigAg and factory farming, the family farm has been going the way of the dinosaur. Living in the Midwest, I see this more and more—old dilapidated barns, farm houses, out buildings and old windmills, in particular.

They dot the landscape like so many ancient wraiths. Soon they will have collapsed, fallen to the ground and will have disappeared into anonymity. Future generations will not even realize there were inhabitants on America’s vast plains.

The purpose of this blog is to preserve a once prominent way of American life. While I can’t do anything about the run-down condition of these American relics, I can at least preserve the fact that they once existed.

A number of old barns I have taken photographs of in years past have since disappeared. I have already reported on one of them in my fstop fantasy blog You will see this entry below.

I welcome your photographs of old barns, farm houses, out buildings and windmills, or anything else you can think of that will help keep this part of American before the public eye. You may send your submissions to cris47@windstream.net .

Please include your name, location of the site, and any information you may have about the photograph(s). Try and keep your photographs under 500 KB each. Thank you.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Feel free to visit my Barns! Barns! Barns! flickr photostream where you can participate by uploading your own photos of old barns, farm houses and anything else old farm-related. You can find it here.

©2013 Cris Coleman All rights reserved

©2013 Cris Coleman All rights reserved

A couple of months later when I drove by, this is what it looked like:

©2012 Cris Coleman All rights reserved

©2012 Cris Coleman All rights reserved

Another piece of Americana has bitten the dust. Keep them coming in.