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L. L. Bush Barn

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1918, Ed Susee. North side of County Rd. O, 1.75 miles north of County Rd. B
  • (Photograph by Bill Guerin, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)

Fiddle music once filled this barn on summer evenings. Barn dances, a popular social activity in farming communities, regularly packed the building, known for miles around as the best place for polka dancing. Round barns suited dances because their walls supported the roof without interior posts and provided a vast space clear of obstructions. The barn’s main floor was a large hay and storage space, unused by cattle in the basement. Bush and carpenter Ed Susee modeled this barn after a similar one in La Crosse. The barn is sixty feet in diameter, with a central silo marked by a louvered cupola. Concrete walls eighteen inches thick support a superstructure of horizontal siding, which supports a dual-pitched circular roof.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "L. L. Bush Barn", [Shell Lake, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 310-310.

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