Idaho Heritage Barn Register

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Please help us voluntarily document and preserve information about barns and agricultural buildings, throughout Idaho. Add a barn today-anywhere in the state.

Preserving Idaho's History, one barn at a time!

The Idaho Heritage Barns Register was created to recognize Idahoʼs agricultural heritage and document Idahoʼs barns and agricultural buildings. 

Historic barns are ever-present visual reminders of the importance of agriculture in our stateʼs history and economy. They stand on the landscape as a testament to the Idaho ideals of hard work, productivity, and connection to the land.  Today, barns represent our state’s agricultural roots and continue to define Idaho’s past across the rural landscape. For many, barns are a venerated architectural legacy of the agricultural tradition that is the backbone of America. At the same time, barns conjure up images of an idyllic pastoral way of life, serving as iconic reminders of our rural heritage. The core of the Barns Register is to voluntarily document and preserve information about these agricultural buildings, throughout Idaho.

Additional resources for Barn History

those big old barns: driving tour of 13 historical barns

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In a special reporting project published in the Times-News on Nov. 15 and Nov. 22, 2015, reporter Mychel Matthews drew on that emotional element to bring awareness and appreciation to a variety of old dairy and livestock barns in the Magic Valley. Exhaustively researched and written in a lively, engaging style, Matthews’ special report drew wide readership across Idaho, and throughout the community it sparked new interest in these threatened structures. 

Here’s a link to the digital StoryMap presentation of the driving tour of 13 barns


Historic Barns of Southeastern Idaho: A Self-Guided Driving Tour

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In southeastern Idaho, barns are a mainstay of the landscape. Their stark outlines rise from surrounding fields; even those that are beginning to lean or that have fallen tell of a way of life not very familiar to most Americans today.

Provided by the Bear River Heritage Area