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More than fifty grand old barns from across Montana are beautifully portrayed in “Big Sky Barns,” a new book by Montana photographer Chuck Haney.

“Big Sky Barns” is the first book about these prominent, proud icons of Montana’s farms and ranches. It features barns from all across the state, from the western valleys to the eastern plains. There are stock barns and cattle barns, round barns and stone barns, huge historic barns and old homesteader barns—each one beautifully photographed.

The nearly 100 color photos and the interesting histories behind many of the barns will delight barn lovers, nostalgia buffs, historians, and anyone who has ever been intrigued about the beauty and the functionality of these essential buildings, which played such a critical role in the settling of the west. Barn fans will also love the photos of unique barn details such as cupolas, weather vanes, and doors.

As Chuck Haney says in the introduction to the book, “A hundred years ago barns helped define an era of hope and potential when settlers flocked into Montana with little more than the willingness to do backbreaking labor on raw land. Some didn’t make the cut while others prospered. A large, well-built barn was a sign of prosperity and progress…Sadly, with each passing season the number of barns still standing in Montana diminishes and so do their stories…It’s not only the structures that are disappearing but also a simpler way of life.”

 “Big Sky Barns” makes the perfect gift for people interested in Montana’s rural roots. The soft-cover coffee-table style book retails for $19.95 and is available at bookstores across the state or by calling Riverbend Publishing toll-free 1-866-787-2363.




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BIG SKY BARNS: Grand and Historic Barns of Montana

By Chuck Haney

ISBN 1-931832-75-7, pb, 80 pages


Riverbend Publishing, Helena, Montana





Here are a few of the special barns in Big Sky Barns:



Bigfork Barn, Bigfork

Chief Joseph Ranch, Hamilton

Fallon County Barns, Ekalaka and Baker

Gebo Barn, Fromberg

Kleffner Barn, East Helena

Lewistown Dairy/Comes Ranch, Lewistown

Rossmiller Round Barn, Brady

Round Barn, Twin Bridges

The Stone Barn of Cascade County, Fort Shaw

Willow Creek/O’Shea-Johnson Barn, Roberts