Spirit of the American Barn

Photographs chronicle the life cycle of a powerful rural icon.

| March/April 2009

  • Most photographed barn in America
    The Man in the Moon looks down on a barn on Antelope Flats in the Grand Teton National Park near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
    Russell Kord/Robertstock.com
  • Screams America
    This proud red barn makes a statement along the California coast.
    Ron Kimball, KimballStock.com
  • Barn and wheel fence
    A barn and wheel fence in Whitman County, Washington.
    John Shaw/Photo Researchers, Inc.
  • Indiana barn with silos
    An unusual barn and silos in Indiana.
    Bill Thomas
  • Burnt brown barn
    A barn near Little Miami, Ohio, continues to stand after all these years.
    Eric Hatch, EKHPhoto.SmugMug.com
  • Red barn in Oregon
    A basketball goal rests on a red, classic barn in Oregon.
    Craig Lovell, Eagle Visions Photography
  • Albany, Vermont
    Autumn leaves set off this bright red barn in Albany, Vermont.
    Henryk T. Kaiser/Robertstock.com
  • Brighton, Colorado
    A windmill and barn stand near Brighton, Colorado.
    Larry Caine, Right Light Photography
  • Farmpond and barn
    A peaceful scene in the Navarro River Valley in Mendocino County, California.
    Larry Ulrich, LarryUlrich.com
  • Old Kentucky barn
    Still in use, this barn stands in Kentucky.
    Bill Thomas
  • Indiana barn and windmill
    An Indiana barn hides behind a windmill.
    Bill Thomas

  • Most photographed barn in America
  • Screams America
  • Barn and wheel fence
  • Indiana barn with silos
  • Burnt brown barn
  • Red barn in Oregon
  • Albany, Vermont
  • Brighton, Colorado
  • Farmpond and barn
  • Old Kentucky barn
  • Indiana barn and windmill

From the early days of my country childhood, the barn on our Kentucky farm was a special place. Now, 50 years later, it still is, but it lives only in my photographs and memories.

On rainy days, I hid out amongst the musty hay bales that offered a wonderful coziness while listening for hours to the pitter patter of big drops on the rusty tin roof. I was 8 or 9 then, old enough to savor what comfort the old barn offered. It was, as I look back, a most wonderful, and inspiring time of my life. Although I was devastated when our barn was finally torn down, that event motivated me to study, and document through photography, the spirit of the American barn.

Click on the thumbnails below to see the full-size images.

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E-mail your barn memories and photos to barns@grit.com or post your barn photos at CU.Grit.com. We’ll choose the best of the best and publish some in the magazine and at www.Grit.com . If you don’t have access to the Internet, you may mail your barn memories and photos to: Barn Memories, Grit Editorial, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609-1265.






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