Ruined Barn Near Sunburg, Minnesota

Last week’s warm sunny weather was perfect for rambling through central Minnesota farm country and stopping whenever we came across something that caught our eye – like the slowly collapsing remains of this old barn near Sunburg.

remains of a barn near Sundby, Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

remains of a barn near Sundby, Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

remains of a barn near Sundby, Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

remains of a barn near Sundby, Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

remains of a barn near Sundby, Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

remains of a barn near Sundby, Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

remains of a barn near Sundby, Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

remains of a barn near Sundby, Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

remains of a barn near Sundby, Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

remains of a barn near Sundby, Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

remains of a barn near Sundby, Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

It’s a sturdy structure that was built to last, but I wonder how much will still be standing next fall if we have another winter with heavy snow. Unfortunately, it’s only a matter of time until the rest of the roof collapses.

Given the photographic opportunities here, I’m surprised I can’t find pictures of this barn online. I’d love to learn more about it. If anyone has info or photos, please drop a note in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “Ruined Barn Near Sunburg, Minnesota”

      1. Those are great to find. It is easy to get lost in photographing such locations. My wife am I found a great specimen NE of St. Cloud a few years ago. The whole farmstead was littered with old cars too.

  1. The barn belongs to my mom. It was built by my grandfather (maybe my great grandfather, I’m not sure) and was passed on to my father, who died two years ago. My mom lives in the home next to the barn.

    1. LuAnn – My sympathy on the loss of your father and my best wishes to your mother. Your ancestors must have had quite a successful farm and lots of skill to build such a beautiful barn! It’s so sad to see these old barns go, but farming has changed so much that and they are so difficult to maintain that it isn’t surprising. I’m honored to have had a chance to photograph this one; it still has so much strength and character. – probably a reflection of the men who built and used it. Thank you to your mom and family for giving me a peek into the past.

  2. I met with some family members this weekend and my uncle, who is 90 years old, said that the barn was built by my grandfather, with the help of relatives, friends and neighbors, in 1947.

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