Cooper Barn

ADDRESS: 1905 S. Franklin, Colby
PHONE: (785) 460-4590
HOURS: Regular Hours –  Mon. to Fri. 9am-5pm; Sat. to Sun. 1-5pm. Winter Hours (Nov. 1 – Mar. 31) – Closed Monday; Tues. to Fri.  9am-5pm; Sat. to Sun. 1-5pm
ADMISSION: General Admission – Adults – $8, Seniors 65 & over – $6, Group rate – $6, Children 6-16 – $2; Thomas Co. Residents – Adults – $4, Seniors 65 & over – $3, Children – $1; MEMBERS FREE

It is Kansas’ largest barn and voted one of the eight architectural wonders of the state. One of the finest show cattle barns of its time, the grand barn is 66 feet wide, 114 feet long and 48 feet high with a gambrel roof. It was built at Breton, sixteen miles northeast of Colby in 1936. In its prime, the barn housed 75 head of Foster Farm’s prize-winning registered Hereford cattle. The cathedral-like loft was used for hay storage. Four openings in the loft floor allowed hay to be pushed down into the runway below for distribution. The three, six-foot tall metal cupolas, provided ventilation for the haymow. It was donated by Gay Cooper and his sister, Mary Cooper Pawlus and on May 15, 1992, after months of planning, the barn made the epic 16-mile journey to its present location at the Prairie Museum of Art and History.