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A Cowboy’s Faith: Wind forces barn construction

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“More than a half century of strong winds finally beat the pole barn so it could no longer be repaired.”

Admittedly the 60’x80’ structure had been “cobbled” together initially, but it served the purpose for which constructed.

The multipurpose barn was considered an asset to the farm when purchased. Yet, it had obviously been built from all used materials with old electric poles serving as the main “stronghold.”

Rafters were designed from various dimensions of old lumber showing ample previous use. Rusted, bent, nail-hole-penetrated tin served as the roof of which some always blew off with the slightest wind.

Through the decades, the tall, open-sided facility was used for storage of big and small hay bales. Tractors, farm equipment, and miscellaneous were placed there for protection from damaging weather.

It was a general catchall for fence posts, wire, feed tubs, water tanks, troughs, hand tools, and worn-out whatever.

Dad was never scared of heights, so he crawled up the 20-foot ladder and nailed down loose tin several times. His son even repaired the roofing sometimes before a professional was hired for the scary task.

Finally, continuous intense winds for months on end damaged the barn so it was deemed irreparable. A handful of contractors were contacted about rebuilding the barn specially to protect expensive farm machinery.

While a couple carpenters said the barn could be renovated somewhat, they agreed the cost would be expensive. It would still be an old structure that the next windstorm would severely damage or destroy.

After considerable deliberation, talking to various builders, determination was made to bulldoze the barn down and haul it off.

But a replacement building was still needed to protect farm equipment, hay, and other general storage.

Knowing the barn would be costly, diverse building options were considered. Seeking advice from others who had structures built and talking to financiers, decision was made to move forward.

Looking at cost of completed project, longevity, and financing, a contract was signed for a new barn.

Same size as the previous structure, it has all steel framework completely enclosed with metal roof and siding. Three drive-in doors, walk-in door, ample lighting, and electrical outlets make it versatile.

The problem now is to get the structure paid for.

Reminded of Deuteronomy 28:8: “God will order a blessing on your new barn.”

Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

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