Miles Ranch - The Barn



            t the Ranch, Colonel Miles built a magnificent Pennsylvania-style, bank barn.  The barn was constructed entirely of hand-hewn, walnut timber mortised together and held with wooden pegs.  The lumber was all harvested on the Ranch.  The stones, which made up the foundation of the barn, were cut from the banks of the nearby Nemaha River.  The structure was completed somewhere between 1855 and 1861 and used in the operation of the S. B. Miles Stage Line.  

In December, 2012 the barn was listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. The Nebraska State Historical Society described the barn as the best example of its type in the state and declared it one of the oldest, if not the oldest, barn in Nebraska.

By Paulo Bruxellas 2013

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