Railroad Barn

Posted by
Don (Spokane, United States) on 31 January 2012 in Landscape & Rural.

I liked this barn and its setting for the wooden fences, nearby railroad and the old farm implements. I post a barn picture each Tuesday to support Tricia's Barn Charm where the number of barns shown grows larger week by week. Several have wondered why barns then to be red. Here is one account of the reason:
"Inasmuch as ready-made paint was not available, a farmer mixed his own. He discovered that skimmed milk, lime and red iron oxide made a plastic-like coating that hardened quickly and lasted for years. Occasionally, it hardened too well and peeled off in sheets. Linseed oil was subsequently added to the recipe to provide the necessary soaking quality. Thus American “barn red” was born." Read more: http://www.grit.com/Community/Why-Are-Barns-Red.aspx?