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Barn in Bismarck Coming Down

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 A well known landmark on the north side of Bismarck is coming down.
Reporter Sarah Gustin has more on the history of the barn that now sits in the middle of town.

You've probably noticed this big, red barn just north of Bismarck when driving on Highway 83.
(Bernice Geiger / Owner)  "It's been a landmark, every time someone wants to know where the place is at, or how do you get here or there, you say well when you see the red barn."
The farm that was once out of town is now in the center of housing developments north of Bismarck along 26th street.
Bernice Geiger is the owner of the farmstead.
(Bernice Geiger / Owner) "Purchased the farm in 1972 and I was told then the barn is very old. I would say it must be 100 years old." 
While animals are no longer living in this barn...it's still being used.
(Bernice Geiger / Owner) "I have people coming taking graduation pictures, engagement pictures and wedding pictures. even just recently actually."
Despite yearly upkeep, 
(Valerie Jundt / Grew up on the farm) "Painting it and fixing it up. It was such a beautiful place with all the red and white and of course the barn just had a memory of it's own." 
The past 100 years has taken it's toll on these boards.
(Bernice Geiger / Owner)  "It's deteriorating. With all the heavy winds that we have had., it's just making it harder to keep it up, so if someone can make use of it, I just think it is a better idea to make use of whatever they can out of it."
While this barn will be missed...it's a decision that had to be made.
(Valerie Jundt / Grew up on the farm) "Very bitter sweet. We will miss it, but we are grateful someone is willing to take it and do something with the lumber."

In exchange for their work the party taking it down will keep all the lumber and supplies from the barn.
The crew plans to use the old barn wood to create some unique landscaping structures.

 

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