Thursday, January 10, 2013
This is a barn I photographed in October. I miss the fall colors. Although, I am finding beauty in every season. There are so many things that are easier to see without leaves. Cardinals for instance! They are stunning. I have yet to take a decent picture of one, but will keep trying. :) My mind tends to wander, and I start thinking up questions. Thank goodness these days we have google, I love getting instant answers to my pressing questions. Today's question? Which state has the most old barns??
Here is what I found out:
The results of the recent Census of Agriculture include some surprises about where older barns are located. For example, the state with the most farms reporting pre-1960 barns is not Iowa, nor Wisconsin, nor Pennsylvania. It is Texas. (OK, maybe this isn't really a surprise.) Below is a ranking of the top ten states where the most farmers or ranchers said they have a barn built prior to 1960.
Texas: 51,236 farms or ranches reporting at least one barn built before 1960
Hooray! Missouri is number two. I better get busy if I'm going to photograph all 36,007 of them. I think it's time to join a barn preservation group and keep these wonderful structures around!!