Old Silo #6
In Wisconsin, United States
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This is #6 in our series of old silos without barns. Wisconsin roadsides have an abundance of lone standing silos that are all that remain of some farmstead. For some reason these old silos remain standing as a legacy to the family farm. As you view them reminisce and imagine what the farm that stood here may have looked like. We hope you enjoy this series and finding the old silos. Please feel free to post photos of the silos with your log.
Silo facts: The word silo means "cellar". Before silos corn was stored
underground in cellars.
Silo facts: One of the reasons for the building of silos in Wisconsin, was to store corn to feed cows over the winter months. Before a farm had a silo, many farmers sold their cow herds in fall and then re-bought the cows in spring. It was too costly to buy the feed during the winter.
Silo Fact: Why are all the silos the same general shape, width and height? It was determined in the 1920's that anything taller or wider would result in too much loss of grain due to mold.
Silo Fact: In 1923 there were 100,000 silos in Wisconsin
the most of any state. New York was in second place with only 54,000
History of this silo by Silo Historian Goldie
The silo appears to have been erected in the 1940's along with the other structors to the SW.
The original farm house was the only thing there in 1941, right behind where the silo now is.
The property is 71 acres and all the trees you see were not there in the 1940's
The posted coordinates will take you to the viewing location for the silo. This is an offset cache and you will find the final 160' southwest of these coordinates.
(No hints available.)
Last Updated: on 8/1/2014 3:21:15 PM Pacific Daylight Time (10:21 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum