Henry Wise built this round barn sometime after he and his family arrived in the area in 1912. The family moved from Delphi, Indiana, USA by train, arriving in Killam, AB. They made the 30-mile trek from Killam to this quarter with supplies, including Mrs. Wise’s piano.
Henry built the large round barn to house his Red Poll cattle. The barn had a well inside which meant that the cattle, housed on the ground floor, always had water. The loft of the barn stored loose hay for feed and bedding. The barn was extremely unique because it was round and built into a hill. Due to this, a team of draft horses, pulling a rack of hay, could drive right into the loft of the barn. After the hay got unloaded, the team could circle easily inside the loft and then exit the barn. Bins for grain and chop were also in the loft of the barn. Straw was often threshed directly from the loft into the mow for bedding.
This barn no longer stands. It was set on fire and burnt down in the 1990s. Grant Jackson provided these photos and the plans for the barn. He collected the following photos because he thought that the barn was incredibly unique and deserved to be documented for future generations.
The property the barn used to sit on was owned by the Perreault family sometime after the Wise family. However, the property is now owned by Tommy and Sarah Voros. The Voros family intends to raise their cattle, sheep, and children around the ruins of the old round barn.
Jackson, Grant. Personal communication. 15 May 2017.
Voros, Sarah. Personal Communication. 15 May 2017.
52.461967, -111.907767 NE 23-40-14 W4
Barn Condition: Destroyed but foundation still visible.
Construction Date: After 1912 but before 1920
Features: Single cupola, shed addition, build into hill, round
Roof Shape: Conical
Decorations: No names or dates
Roof Covering: Cedar shakes
Siding: Curved wooden shiplap
Foundation: Field stone and cement
Additional History on the Property
“The Henry Wise Family”. Golden Echoes: A History of Galahad and District. 1st ed. Galahad: Galahad Historical Society, 1980. Print.