An angle of mystery


Why does the barn have walls and doors cut at angles? The story started on theĀ  Photo of the Week page at Corndancedot com. If you want to see the first picture and get the first part of the story, a cool thing to do, click here or on the link above. This old structure is on McKinney Road, south of Sherrill AR. It has been there a long time. In fact, in a former life, as I explained last week, I passed the structure frequently. The unusual construction never registered on me until, years later (now), I was looking for something to shoot and write about.

The barn with angled doors and walls, so to speak, begs the question, why did the builder do this.

The barn with angled doors and walls, so to speak, begs the question, why did the builder do this? Is it functional or is it decorative? Inquiring minds want to know.

The rusted diesel tank stands guard to the barn. Many a tractor has probably slaked it's thirst for the smelly fuel here.

The rusted diesel tank stands guard to the barn. Notice the notch cut at the top of the back door. Someone wanted something tall to be inside. A combine perhaps?

The notch on the back entrance adds to the mystery. Probably it was added after the building had been in use for a while. A taller new piece of equipment necessitated the notch. Now we wonder what was it?

Inside the structure I found one of the supporting columns had been notched. In the photo below, look at the bottom of the column to the right and you can see a slight indentation.

Inside the barn, you see typical construction. Take a look at the bottom of the right hand column see a notch.

Inside the barn, you see typical construction. Take a look at the bottom of the right hand column to see a notch. See the picture below for a closeup of the notch.

Someone assaulated the column with an axe, hatchet. Temper tantrum or to accomodate something parked?

Someone assaulted the column with an axe or hatchet. Temper tantrum something useful?

The mystery multiplies. Did someone try to chop the the column down? Why? Definitely uncool if you succeed. The crashing results might overwhelm the tensile strength of certain skeletal components.

Was someone making some adjustments to facilitate parking an implement with a weird protuberance?

Whoever did the deed, probably broke a good sweat. When I say that, WHO is the operative word. If it was WHAT, from the teeth marks he or she left, I want nothing to do with it.

I do not purport to be a forensic firearm authority. However, most people from these parts with one eye and half sense will probably agree with me that the holes you see above came from shot gun pellets.

I do not purport to be a forensic firearm authority. However, most people from these parts with one eye and half sense will probably agree with me that the holes you see above came from shot gun pellets. Definitely big enough to do some serious damage to bodily components.

Thanks for dropping by. We hope you enjoy these posts.

Joe Dempsey

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