Old Silo #9
In Wisconsin, United States
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This is #9 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 old silo by Silo Historian Goldie
Heres what I found about this silo from looking at maps.
1941: The silo is there along with a barn extending west from the silo to where the road is now. A second large barn ran North and South along where the road is now toward Good Hope.
The Farm house was located exactly where the yellow house is now across the street from the silo.
1963: Everything was intact and I counted about 5 structures total on the property
1980: Somewhere between 1970-1980 the barn next to the silo went down and is ruin in the 1980 pic
1990: All buildings except the silo are now gone, the foundation of the farm house is still visable.
2000: The subdivision road is now in.
2005; The yellow house appears in the spot where the original farm house was
(No hints available.)
Last Updated: on 2/25/2014 4:41:56 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (12:41 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum