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National and State Registers of Historic Places

McNee Barns

Picture of property HWY 50, 3 Mi. SW of Elmdale
Elmdale (Chase County)
Listed in National Register Jun 25, 2013

Architect: Undetermined
Category: agricultural outbuilding
Thematic Nomination: Historic Agriculture Related Resources of Kansas

The McNee Barns are located in the Kansas Flint Hills in the west-central portion of Chase County. The nominated property, which has been owned by the McNee family since 1916, includes four historic resources: a circa 1920 horse barn, a 1948 boxcar barn, a dry-laid stone fence, and an Aermotor windmill. The horse barn is characterized by its roof shape. It has a gable roof with one-story shed bays on the east and west sides forming a broken gable roofline. In addition to the original horse stalls, the interior of the barn features a loafing shed, two granaries, and a few cattle stalls and milking stanchions. The upper floor of the barn is a full-height haymow with a hay hood and hinged hay door at the north gable end. A second smaller barn is made of two parallel railroad boxcars with a gable-roof enclosing a center bay between the cars. The boxcars were obtained from the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad likely following World War II and placed on stone footings to serve as space for hay storage. The property was nominated as part of the "Historic Agriculture-Related Resources of Kansas" multiple property nomination for its local significance in the areas of agriculture and architecture.

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