Barns throughout Iowa, restored with Iowa Barn Foundation matching grants, will be open to the public during a two-day, self-guided, all-state barn tour Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The free and opened to the public tour is sponsored by the Iowa Barn Foundation, a non-profit group dedicated to preserving Iowa's rural buildings and rural heritage.
This is the fourth year of the tour which has been organized to encourage barn preservation in the state, to teach young people about Iowa's rich agricultural heritage, and to renew pride in this unique heritage.
Maggie O' Rourke, Earlham, and Joyce Lund Mears, LeClaire, are coordinating the tour.
Included on the north Iowa Barns portion of the tour are three local landmark barns. They include:
* The Youngberg Barn, 4886 220th Avenue, Albert City. From Albert City, drive two miles north on M14. Go west one mile on 490th Street to 220th Avenue. This classic Iowa barn was built in 1911 and has always been used for agriculture.
* The Conover Barn, 5315 190th Street, Holstein (Ida County) - From Holstein travel 1.5 miles west on US 20. Turn south on L67 and go three miles. Turn left on 190th. It is the first place on the north side of the road. The barn was built around 1900 and used by C.B. Conover and his son, C.B., Jr., for their outstanding Belgian draft horses operation. Harry Linn, Iowa's secretary of agriculture, gave draft horse demonstrations here.
* The Mickelson Barn, 5126 Highway 71, Storm Lake. Located 1 3/4 miles north of intersection of Highways 3 and 71 on the east side of the road. This huge (100x70x45) and distinct barn was built in 1901 to house 22 work horses. Owner Roger Mickelson has lived on the family farm for 76 years.