Tumbling Down the Walls

This afternoon I took a trip back to the farm to enjoy a picnic and watch our barn get knocked down. After many years of entropy the thing had finally decayed past the point of usefulness, and into the realm of being a danger to those around it.

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Many years ago adjustments had been made to its structure to allow more storage space, and these adjustments had ultimately weakened the frame.

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Notice that the whole end of the barn is hanging in space, with nothing but the roof beams preventing it from tumbling down.

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This is the view from inside, showing how cock-eyed and beat-up the structure is.

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This beam, and the one it butts into on the left, are the only things holding the barn up at this point.

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Local demolisher-of-large-buildings Herbie Van Aiken provided the bulldozer and told us it wouldn’t take more than fifteen minutes to bring the thing down.

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Herbie lined up on the beam he said was the keystone of the structure and, after digging up some sod, gave it a push.

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I was looking for a position to take some good shots when I heard CRACK and got my camera up just in time to see the barn come down in a huge cloud of dust.

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The demolition took about five minutes.

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Another push on the main beam brought down the stubborn remnants.

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And all this without touching the silo or pump-house which share a foundation with the barn.

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My brother Kurt exploring the wreckage.

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And my mother finally has the view to the south she has always wanted.

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