Famous Barns

Archives: December 2013

Dog Iron Ranch
Near Claremore, Oklahoma

Click here for your video barn tour of the Will Rogers Boyhood Barn.

Born in 1879 in Oklahoma’s Cherokee Nation on his family’s Dog Iron Ranch, Will was a star on Broadway and in over 71 movies.  He was an author and syndicated columnist, a radio broadcaster and a friend to Presidents, senators, stars and slaves.   He learned his love for riding and roping  here … at the Dog Iron Ranch near Claremore, Oklahoma.  Click here for a pdf of the Famous Barns Elevations and Floor Plan it inspired. 

A Will Rogers’ Christmas Story

“Will’s first Christmas gift to his future wife, Betty (Blake) was a “little lace handkerchief” sent the winter after he had taken her to Chelsea to meet his family. He was away from home, but sent her the gift he had carried with him since purchasing it in Africa years before while buying lace and needlework for his sisters.

… The old Indian lady he bought the lace from gave him the handkerchief and asked if he was married. When he said no, she told him to give it to his wife when he married.

He carried it with him through Africa, through Australia, and then home, always intending to do as the old woman said. That year, just a few years before he and Betty were married in 1908, he decided it was for her.”

Source:  www.willrogers.com

Sometimes very big gifts come in small packages …
there’s no better reminder of this than Christmas.  Merry Christmas.

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The Astronaut Farmer

Billy Bob Thornton plays a former NASA astronaut who built a rocket in his barn.  I don’t want to give the story away, but he knew that a barn holds more than the harvest.  It holds the hopes of anyone who dares to dream inside.

This (very tall) raised center aisle barn is the perfect barn for horse stalls, workshops and RVs.  Click here to take the video tour.

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The McKendrick Barn from Silverado

In order to rescue their nephew, Scott Glenn and Kevin Costner had to surprise the cowboys at The McKendrick Ranch.  They had the help of Kevin Cline and Danny Glover and this barn is where the shootout began.

This is a classic western ranch barn.  In the video tour you’ll see that it’s set on the edge of a western town in a valley that for many of us, is easily identifiable as south of Santa Fe.  It is just one of the sets at the Bonanza Creek Film Location Ranch, home to movies like The Cowboys, 3:10 to Yuma, Aliens and Outlaws and The Astronaut Farmer.

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The Forecast on Friday, December 6, 2013 for the Texas Hill Country:  Freezing rain and low temperatures, with more freezing rain in the forecast for the weekend.

Much of the Barns 101 Workshop was a field trip at The Preserve.  (Brrrr….)  And, I don’t want anyone to have to drive in dangerous conditions.  So, we have postponed the Saturday, December 7th Workshop until sometime in first quarter, 2014.

I’ve contacted all speakers and guests – but just in case – I wanted to post here too.

Sonja Howle, Famous Barns