Pete French Round Barn

Pete French Round Barn

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location = Harney County, Oregon, USA
nearest_city = Burns
lat_degrees = 43
lat_minutes = 7
lat_seconds = 57
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 118
long_minutes = 38
long_seconds = 32
long_direction = W
area =
built = c. 1875-1885
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architecture = Round barn
added = September 10, 1971 [ NRIS Database] , National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 8 February 2007.]
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refnum =71000679
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The Pete French Round Barn, located near Burns, Oregon, United States, is a round barn listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The late 19th century barn was owned and constructed by cattle rancher Peter French; French trained horses there during the winter. The barn was listed on the National Register on September 10, 1971.


This round barn was constructed sometime in the late 1870s or early 1880s. There were originally two—or possibly three—in the vicinity, but this is the only round barn remaining. They were used to break horses during the winter. Three hundred to one thousand horses were moved through each year. [ cite web
url =
title = Southeastern Oregon Historical Parks brochure
publisher = Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
format = PDF
date = June 2004
accessdate = 2007-02-21
] The French family donated the site to the state of Oregon in 1969. cite web
url =
title = Round Barn Visitors Center
publisher = Jenkins Historical Tours
accessdate = 2007-02-08


The interior of the barn is constructed from lumber that was hauled to the site from 60 miles to the north. The interior is unique in that it is made from juniper posts. The center was used as a stable; outside that, there is a covered circular track, that was used to exercise horses during winter months. The barn looks much as it did when cattleman Pete French constructed it.


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