Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Final Barn of Highway 195

On our way back to Spokane from Pullman, Washington, on Highway 195, I got to see a whole new series of barns. This one is another oldie, but obviously still operational. It has a side extension that reminds me of the side addition John built for our new bathroom at the cabin. The red paint could use a new coat, but otherwise it looks like a used and useful structure.

I was amazed how close the houses and barns were to the main highway. I would have guessed people would want to stay away from the hustle and bustle. Then I thought maybe it had to do with utilities. Users are responsible for the cost of bringing power from their property lines to where it is needed, a huge cost for pole or underground conduit installation.

Look in front of the barn, it looks like a wind turbine on a tall metal tower. It was windy the day we visited, and that's what you need to make steady power. There must be a big call for alternative power generation in the area. We passed a huge store, Ribic's Wind and Solar, near our hotel in Spokane. I would have loved to go in and browse, but it taking anything home would have been a challenge.

For more barns from all over, head on over to Bluff Area Daily, the home of Barn Charm. -- Margy

6 comments:

Paul in Powell River said...

It's in a great setting.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

Looks like a beautiful barn & farm, for sure! Love the shape

Thanks so much for joining & have a great week =)

Stephanie said...

It is certainly in a beautiful setting. Love the third photo.

Elaine said...

Lovely barn! It is interesting to see how close some barns are to the road. There's the question of easy access and having to maintain a road if your buildings are set back a ways, and also where water is found. Traveling in the northeast we saw many that were literally right next to the road, but I imagine they were there before the road went through. There are probably many, many different reasons for where buildings are placed.

Powell River Books said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by and commenting on my Barn Charm post. This will be the last one for awhile. I need to drive around and get some more pictures. Fortunately there are a lot here in Whatcom and Skagit counties. - Margy

Carole said...

Do you mean an actual highway (as in freeway type)? From your picture the place doesn't look 'close' at all. Not what I'd consider close anyway.

One scenario is indeed utility and access costs, but another is that the highway may have gone in well after the homestead. There are several farms/barns in my area that weren't always nestled so close to the roadway.

Lovely shot. Lovely barn.

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