More nice photos!
Strangely familiar. Who knows if I ever drove past the pictured. Definitely Iowa. :)
Sage - Thanks.Erin - I'm guessing from your name, you are from Iowa. Perhaps we travel the same roads and didn't know it.
My family moved all over when I was growing up. All over the state of Iowa. Ha! We started out near Okaboji. Then we moved to Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Diagonal, Creston, Des Moines, Tabor, Glenwood, Council Bluffs and Logan. In the end I personally chose Des Moines as my hometown. I indeed have seen my fair share of Iowa landscape.
I believe the lantern was to hold a windless to hoist winter fodder into the loft. A pair would be tackled outside and when a pallet was filled they would walk away from the barn a set amount. Then reverse to lower the thing.
I loved these two posts. I've always had a fascination for old barns and old houses. So sad to see them neglected and in disrepair. Nowadays barns all seem to be metal structures without the personality appeal of the old timers.
Erin - Other than the eight years I lived "abroad", I've spent my entire life within a 30 mile radius of where I was born.Vince - I still see some of those from time to time in older barns though I've never seen any in use. Even the Amish who still use horses pay others to bale their hay in square bales to put up in the lofts. Leigh - It was the comment I left on your blog that sparked these posts. I feel the same as you about them.
Loose hay or small bales, neither was fun. Nowadays with hay they form it into massive bales either square or round.In truth though I don't know where I saw that elevator in action. It could be a 'social' film from the Amish.
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