The Show Barn, during Open House, Oct 7 & 8, 2011.
Louden products were found in other barns and brought here for display.
The Louden Litter Carrier was a terrific time-saver, and led to the Louden Overhead Crane Division, which still manufactures overhead crane.
This carrier still works, and has an authentic patina. More overhead track will be installed.
These Louden stanchions provided more comfort and mobility for cows than wooden stanchions did.
A Louden Feed Cart. The item on the shelf is the air compressor that was used to power the milking machines.
Another item on the shelf is an unexpected Louden farm product.
Various hand tools are on display in the Show Barn.
A hole cut into the barn ceiling lets a visitor see the loft, which used ideas from the Louden Barn Planning Service. Note the track for the Louden Hay Carrier.
At some point this metal shed replaced an older wooden shed. The shed was used to showcase horses to prospective clients.
An original Charter Oak wagon built by Joel Turney & Co is on display in the shed. The seat is a reproduction. More details are here.
The attachment (outlined in white) is a platform that could be attached to the back of the wagon so a worker could stand on it and shovel the contents of the wagon bed onto the field or into the corn crib or wherever. Note the original seat.
The west side of the barn itself tells us something about the original shed.
A Maasdam Barns board member films a farmer telling us how this John Deere planter works.
This is one of three Louden ventilators on display. They were removed from a local barn before it was torn down.
The Open House comes to a close.
The last of the visitors are leaving the Open House.
Photos by Jeff Fitz-Randolph, Oct 2011.
Show Barn, Volunteers, July & August 2011
Volunteers work on the Show Barn. (July 16, 2011)
Repairing a window on the south end of the Show Barn. (July 16, 2011)
Volunteers return to the Show Barn on Aug 06, 2011.
A protective cage being built in a room of the Show Barn. (Aug 06, 2011)
Small tools will be displayed here.
These three birds have just been sitting here watching, barely moving.
The information sign for the Show Barn being installed. (Aug 13, 2011)
The Louden stanchions are installed in the Show Barn. (Aug 6, 2011)
These Louden stanchions and the Louden Litter Carrier were obtained from in an old barn in Monroe, IA
Preparing the overhead tracks for the Louden Litter Carrier in the Show Barn. (Aug 13, 2011)
Setting the height of the tracks. (Aug 13, 2011)
Photos by Jeff Fitz-Randolph, July 16, Aug 6 & 13, 2011.
Show Barn, Volunteers, May 2011
Volunteers will give the Show Barn a good clean-out inside.
It is muddy because underground electrical wires were installed to connect the buildings.
The sliding door on the left is being repaired, while recyclable wood is being carried out.
The refurbished window is given a more secure mounting.