Barn (building)

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A barn in southern Ontario, Canada
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A barn in Wisconsin

A barn is an agricultural building used for storage and as a covered workplace. It may sometimes be used to house animals or store vehicles, and is often found on a farm.

On older style barns, the upper area was used to store hay and sometimes grain. This is called the mow. A large door at the top one of the ends of the barn opened up so hay could be put in the mow. The hay was hoisted into the barn by a system containing pulleys and a trolley that ran along a track attached to the top ridge of the barn.

An old expression for a person having poor aim when throwing an object or when shooting as something is 'he couldn't hit the broad side of a barn.' This becomes amusing when the physics definition of a barn, a unit of exceedingly small area, is considered.

Many barns in the northern United States are painted red. One possible reason for this is that ferric oxide, which is used to create red paint, was the cheapest and most readily available chemical for farmers in New England and nearby areas. [1] (http://www.thebarnjournal.org/stories/story006/)

See also

External links

  • Barn History (http://www.gono.com/village/bwemporium/history/barn%20emp%20history.htm)
  • Barn Photos (http://www.ohiobarns.com/otherbarns/photo/photobarns.html)
  • Steel Horse Barns (http://www.buildingsguide.com/horse-barns.htm)

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