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McKimmons, John, Barn

Picture of property KS HWY 99, 1/4 mile S of Westmoreland
Westmoreland Vicinity (Pottawatomie County)
Listed in National Register Apr 12, 2010

Architect: McKimmons, John
Category: animal facility
Thematic Nomination: Historic Agriculture Related Resources of Kansas

John McKimmons built this barn in about 1865 overlooking Rock Creek near where the Oregon Trail forded the creek. He arrived in Pottawatomie County from Westmoreland, Pennsylvania in the mid-1850s and settled on this farmstead in 1858. McKimmons served as the postmaster for the area and named the post office after his Pennsylvania home. Later development of Highway 99 divided the original farmstead leaving the residence and associated outbuildings on the west side of the highway and the barn, silo, and pole shed on the east. The barn is the best extant resource reflective of the early settlement of the property. The two-and-a-half story bank barn is built into a gentle sloping hill and features a stone foundation and vertical wood siding. It was nominated as part of the "Historic Agriculture-Related Resources of Kansas" multiple property listing.

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