Nevada Barn Heritage
The grandest and most interesting barns built in Nevada are the earliest, timber-framed barns built between the late 1850s and about 1910. The early pioneer settlers built their barns to support survival on the frontier landscape. With the boom of the Comstock Lode at Virginia City and the ushering of Nevada into statehood in 1964, many large ranches in Carson Valley, Eagle Valley (Carson City), Washoe Valley, the Truckee Meadows (Reno), and Honey Lake Valley sprang up to feed populations of the growing area. The ranches and their barns were critical to the economy of early Nevada. Interest in vernacular ranch architecture certainly also extends to the other outbuildings like chicken coops, carriage houses, bunk houses, spring houses, and even outhouses.
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