Red Old Barn

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Red Old Barn

“Many years ago, choices for paints, sealers and other building materials did not exist. Farmers had to be resourceful in finding or making a paint that would protect and seal the wood on their barns. Hundreds of years ago, many farmers would seal their barns with linseed oil, which is an orange-colored oil derived from the seeds of the flax plant. To this oil, they would add a variety of things, most often milk and lime, but also ferrous oxide, or rust. Rust was plentiful on farms and because it killed fungi and mosses that might grow on barns, was very effective as a sealant. It turned the mixture red in color.

When paint became more available, many people chose red paint for their barns in honor of tradition.”   This information was provided by the Farmer’s Almanac.

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Broken Rims

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Broken Rims

This is a black and white photo of old broken rims.  They may even be off of the famous Red River Carts.  Red River Carts or charettes in French, were used during the fur trade in the Red River area.  One of the first carts was used in Pembina, North Dakota and expanded from there.  They were mainly pulled by oxen but also horses and mules.  The cart was so buoyant that it could float over streams yet strong enough to carry 1000 pounds.  One reason that the famous roads Portage Avenue and Main Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba are so large is because these Red River Carts were wide and so the streets today are wide and open compared to most other downtown areas around the world.

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