Corn Country

Nadya Johnson

Joined January 2009

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Vintage Corn Crib
Whiteside County/ northern Illinois (USA)


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Some years ago when I first found myself living in the country, I’d have said, “Oh look! A see-through barn!” (Hey, I’m from Chicagol!) Well, live and learn. Technically this is not a barn; not the sort for animals. It’s a corn crib, also known as a corn house ~ although I’ve never heard anybody use the term and from what I’ve read, it refers to any sort of granary, not just corn.

After the harvest, corn, still on the cob, is placed in the crib either with or without the husk. The typical corn crib has slats in its walls. These slatted sides of the corn crib allow air to circulate through the corn, both allowing it to dry initially and helping it to stay dry.

Corn cribs were first used by Native Americans and were quickly adopted by European settlers. They vary greatly in design. Most larger ones like this have an open space in the middle for accessing the corn and promoting airflow. In the old days, the space was often used to store wooden wagons and today, it’s not much different although other, modern farm equipment has replaced the vintage vehicles.

This particular design is fairly common in my area (northwestern Illinois.) Although worse for wear, it’s still in use.

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