Thursday, November 19, 2009

Friday My Town Shoot Out: My Town's Premier Attraction

This weeks topic chosen by Kent. I chose the Cooper Barn at the Prairie Museum of Art & History. First is a picture borrowed from the net as it looks today. It's touted as the largest barn in Kansas and in 2008 was voted one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas Architecture.




The following are pictures of snapshots I took when the barn was moved in 1992. It was moved from the original site of Foster Farms about 15 miles from Colby. I believe the Cooper family owned it at the time it was donated to the museum, hence the name. It was parked overnight on a county road near our house. The kids just had to go see it on the truck. It appears we weren't the only ones. I really need a scanner, these glossy prints don't photograph well at all.






For a better view of the barn and the dimensions read here.

12 comments:

Mildred said...

Hi Mary, What a pretty barn and to think they moved it! Always fun to see part of your world on Friday's Shoot Outs!

~JarieLyn~ said...

It certainly is a massive barn. It holds some pretty nice stuff in the museum too. I like it. I think this is the perfect choice for this week's theme.

Nancy said...

Wow, moving the barn was definitely a MAJOR undertaking! Kudos to the Cooper family and your community for preserving this historic building.

Aunt Dinah said...

This great big old barn was certainly worth preserving and adds so much to the museum complex.

Tipper said...

Love the barn-just wow!

Pauline said...

That is certainly one big barn. I wonder what the Coopers kept in it before it was moved. A wonderful attraction!

Linda said...

Not only is it the premier attraction of your town but you captured it moving!!!! How awesome is that? Most buildings that large would be impossible to move. Great shoot out and fantastic capture, Mary!!!!

Have a wonderful week! Barry and Linda

Rebecca said...

The barn is beautiful and so big. I have seen small houses moved but never anything that big! WOW!

kent.. said...

Perfect choice!

REDLAN said...

Thanks for sharing the premier attraction photos and information of your town which is the cooper barn.

GingerV said...

moving that large barn has sort of a wizard of oz quality to it. but it looks wonderful as it stands today. congrat on a great story.

Phil said...

Thanks for posting the pictures of the BARN! I remember when it was moved.