I was rooting through my Ohio photos trying to find something for Curator Jessica to use in a brochure or some such thing when I ran across this photo slugged “Barn on River Road,” taken in Athens (OH) county in August 2014.
When I was working in Athens, I went through a barn phase. There were lots of really pretty, well-kept ones in that area. This one still has a good coat of the traditional red paint. (Click on it to make it larger.)
Why are barns red?
- Red barns and white barns and their dubious connection to a crime wave.
- They are red because of the physics of dying stars.
- Because farmers added rust to their homemade paint.
- They’re red so cows could find their way home. (Nope, cows are colorblind to red and green.)
- Because red absorbed heat and made the barn warmer in the winter.
- It was cheap (wealthy farmers added blood to the oil mixture, which gave it a red color).