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Iowa Barns - yesterday and today

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Iowa Barns yesterday and today  takes the reader on a tour of all 99 Iowa counties with 800 color photos of barns, silos, corncribs, homes and businesses.  The photo tour is accompanied by stories from owners, their descendants, and neighbors which portray these structures' diversity - past and present. It is the result of a study that began 38 years ago and resumed in 2012. The scope of this book exceeds that of any other publication. 294 pages. 800 color photos. 8 1/2 X 11" softcover.

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About the Author

Karlene Kingery grew up on a farm in northwest Marshall County near St. Anthony. Living in the country was near and dear to her as she treasured the farm life, her family, butterflies, flowers, sunsets, and the stars. After a teaching career she spent six years assembling this book. She will continue to encourage preservation of these structures for future generations to use and enjoy.

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Unique Lofts

Two Iowa barns stand out using construction techniques designed for storage of hay in the loft. In the Housewert barn in Madison County, built in 1880, spaced beams form a floor in one part of the south side for the hay. Soybean stalks between some beams and loose hay between others were “jammed in place” …


Lesanville. Have you ever heard of it? The neighborhood was known by this name because of the many Lesan families who settled in the area. This view portrays the settlement today as seen from Highway 2 east of Mount Ayr.  The Ramsey barn on the left, built in 1928, was in the process of getting …

Carriage House

Rural chapel on White Pole Road. Since Milton Hollingsworth wanted to drive his carriage into the barn and not have supporting posts get in the way, the loft floor hung by iron rods from roof trusses above the loft, supported on posts within the exterior walls. Through doors on the south, north, or east sides he …