Endurance: Weekly Photo Challenge


Endurance is defined as “the capacity of something to last or to withstand wear and tear.” This certainly describes our barn which was built in 1840 and is still treasured today by our family 174 years later.

To put it in perspective, our barn was built:

  • 1 year before the first wagon train left from Missouri headed to California
  • 4 years prior to the first telegraph message
  • 8 years earlier than the California Gold Rush began
  • 15 years prior to the first locomotive successfully traveling from the Atlantic to the Pacific
  • 21 years before The Civil War started


For other interpretations of “Endurance.”

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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12 Responses to Endurance: Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. Joyce says:

    That’s amazing! I had no idea! What a beautiful structure, and to reflect on its position in history is to realize what a treasure it is. When you hear the comment, “they just don’t make ’em like that any more” I’m sure your barn is the first thing you think of!


  2. Grandma Kc says:

    It really is amazing looking. Our old barn was built in 1890 but it fell down long ago.


  3. Mother Hen says:

    Wow! What stories it holds within.. and out..


  4. Wow! Still standing after 174 years! Definitely a family treasure. 🙂


  5. That is one amazing barn, Judy…love the interesting facts to go along with it! 🙂


  6. Midwestern Plant Girl says:

    Back when they built stuff to last!
    On another note. . I saw 2 monarchs the other day! 😀 Chased them as long as I could. . Didn’t want to run into the street!


  7. Wow that’s pretty impressive!


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  9. Nice photo and story combination. We just got back from Wisconsin and saw many old barns and farmhouses in various states of disrepair – had to wonder about their history.


  10. Old barns have their own stories to tell. I like the historical perspective on this one. Amazing!


  11. buntymcc says:

    Congratulations to your family for protecting and maintaining this bit of heritage.


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