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Harry Keith Barn

Picture of property 200th Avenue & M Road (1/2 miles E of Avenue 200 on M Road)
Penokee (Graham County)
Listed in National Register Apr 9, 2013

Architect: Builder: Harry Keith (& his brothers & neighbors)
Category: agricultural outbuilding; animal facility
Thematic Nomination: Historic Agriculture Related Resources of Kansas

The Harry Keith Barn is located south of Penokee in Graham County and was built in October 1940 by farmer Harry Keith with the help of his brothers and neighbors. Situated within a landscape of rolling agricultural fields and century-old cottonwood trees along nearby Brush Creek, the barn is built into a hillside and features an iconic gambrel roof. The barn's lower level functioned as a place to house and feed livestock and milk cattle, and the upper level served as hay and grain storage. The surrounding farmstead includes a few remaining outbuildings. Adjacent to the barn is an Aermotor windmill, likely the 702 model, which was first manufactured by the Aermotor Company of Chicago in 1933, along with a reservoir that holds 4,000 gallons of water. The Keith Barn was nominated to the National Register as part of the "Agriculture-Related Resources of Kansas" multiple property nomination for its local significance in the areas of agriculture and architecture.

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