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Nashold Twenty-Sided Barn

Nashold Twenty-Sided Barn


The Nashold Twenty-Sided Barn offers a unique glimpse into Wisconsin's agricultural past. Built in 1911, near the end of a short-lived period of circular barn construction, the Nashold Barn is one of a few well-maintained survivors. Promoted by agricultural researchers at nearby UW-Madison and elsewhere, circular barns were a scientific response to the growing needs of dairying. Builders intended their round shape to reduce construction materials and costs. Circular construction created a more efficient interior layout, since facing cows towards the center silo allowed for easy feeding and waste removal.

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Related Topics: Mining, Logging, and Agriculture
The Rise of Dairy Farming
Creator: Unknown
Pub Data: Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places
Citation: Nashold Twenty-Sided Barn. Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places. Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1405; Visited on: 4/16/2014
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