I haven't taken part in barn charm for about three weeks now, but I'm back with a barn that I think is absolutely spectacular. I've done absolutely nothing to the photographs (other than sizing) because I feel this barn deserves to be seen in it's original state.
I came across this building in the fall of last year simply because I took a different road home. As I rounded the corner this is what I saw. And since my camera was already out I grabbed it and snapped a shot.......
Never realizing that this is what I'd see up close...
The barn was once owned and operated as a part of the Mt. Angel Abbey dairy. It sat empty for roughly 20 years, when in the 1980s, the Traeger family approached the church about purchasing it for their business, Traeger Industries (maker of pellet stoves and outdoor grills).
The Traeger family moved to Oregon from South Dakota in the 1930s. In 1939, Joe Traeger Sr. and his brother opened a business called Traeger Bros., a combo blacksmith and metal fabricating shop. They invented such things as the stake setter, pole bean stringer, and screw-in-the-ground anchor.
When the two brothers died in 1953 and 1954, Joe Jr. began working with his uncle's heating business in Mt. Angel. His sons eventually joined him in a growing enterprise, and the rest as they say, is history.
Though it is always sad to see existing farms cease operation, at least this barn has been spared and kept in fine condition, remaining a part of local history.
Read more here.
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Have a great week!
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