Last Friday afternoon the rain finally let up for a day and we set out to find the closest Mail Pouch Barn. I had the coordinates entered into the GPS and had the function off to avoid toll roads because one of the barns was said to be off the PA turnpike and I wanted to get close enough to photograph it. Off we started, I knew from looking at the map that the first one was not far from Jeanette, PA. Following the GPS took us down some back streets but it got us there. When we turned on Boxcar Road we saw farm land and knew we were getting close, and there on the rise we saw the writing on the barn. We turned up a gravel road and went up to the barn, then we saw the No Trespassing sign, we were in front of the barn and had to turn around so I got out and took some quick pictures. I didn’t spend a lot of time, because I was worried about being run off the property.
This dove was nesting in the crack of the barn and I thought I would have to be quick before it flew away, but it just sat there and I kept clicking. I love this picture!
This barn is unusual, most of the others just have the lettering, unlike this one which has the logo. My research shows this same logo is painted on the Mail Pouch building in Wheeling, West Virginia.
These outbuildings were to the right of the barn, possibly a one room cabin. The one on the left is hand hewn logs. Notice the ducks in the yard!
To see a picture of this barn taken years ago you can click here. Their picture is taken at a different angle. I would have loved to have been able to go out into the field and take more pictures. The one above is from the road, I had a hard time because the automatic focus wanted to focus on the weeds in front of me, but it still makes for a nice picture.
We decided to go to the second barn which according to the directions was six miles east of New Stanton, PA. After entering the latitude and longitude in the GPS we started out. The barn was off of the Pennsylvania turnpike, so we knew we were taking back roads to get there. Following GPS directions sometimes can be crazy, it told us to take this one road. Harvey said “No way! was he going down that pig trail”, so he kept going down the same street, the GPS rerouted itself and as we went on we saw the road it wanted to take us down was a back alley. Eventually we got there, but we couldn’t find the barn. A little bit disappointing!
We went back the next day on the turnpike and found the barn. I will post pictures later this week.
I hope you enjoy the pictures, I have so much fun researching the locations of these old barns and plotting out our trips there.
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