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Tonsfeldt True-Round Barn

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1919. County Fairgrounds, east side of LeMars

The original site for the Tonsfeldt barn was off Iowa 3, at the west side of LeMars. It was moved to the county fairgrounds in 1981. The barn was built to show Hereford cattle. The distinctive feature of the building is the steeply pitched bell-shaped roof, surmounted by a metal aerator. Within is a central woodstave and plastered silo, 18 feet in diameter.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Tonsfeldt True-Round Barn", [Le Mars, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 483-483.

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