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2016-05-31 10.53.05

Just outside Francis to the west,  this red and white “classic American barn” with gambrel roof is an example of an 1850s Improvement Era barn, which combined a traditional barn with a milking parlor and loafing shed.
Rasmus R. Larsen, a Danish immigrant, purchased the acreage in 1908 and created one of the first farmsteads in the early 1930s.  The property transferred to Frank Sorenson and Herbert Auerbach in the late 1930s, and the barn has been known as the Auerbach Barn ever since.