|Starke Round Barn|
The Starke Round Barn is a historic and engineering marvel. More than one hundred years old, the barn is massive in size but is held together without nails or pegs of any kind. Measuring 130 feet in diameter and three stories in height, the structure is constructed with balloon framing and heavy timber supports. The Starke Brothers, Conrad, Ernest, William and Chris, who came to Nebraska from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, built the Starke Barn in 1902-1903. The top level of the structure was used for hay storage, the main level of the barn was for machinery storage, and grain bins were eventually added around the silo. The lower level was used for livestock -- the southern end for cows and the northern end for horses. The Starke Round Barn is the state's largest and one of the largest in the nation. This extraordinary barn was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in April 1972. The Barn now holds numerous special events throughout the year and is the site of the annual Barnfest celebration.
Don't miss out on this year's Barnfest scheduled for Saturday, August 18, 2012.