Efforts started to photograph, preserve old barns

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Rotting barns with peeling paint and missing boards lean precariously throughout the rural landscape.

For many, these architectural relics carry a certain romance, and interest is growing in numerous states in saving or at least documenting the rickety barns before they become victims of age, urban sprawl and high maintenance costs.

Barn surveys have been started in states including Colorado, Connecticut, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Vermont and Washington.

The surveys collect photographs and basic information about the architecture, historical character, use and condition of the barns, giving preservationists a glimpse of rural America's bucolic landscape and hints about how to preserve it.

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Online:

Missouri Barn Alliance and Rural Network's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001056477940

National Barn Alliance website: http://barnalliance.org/

Missouri Preservation: http://www.preservemo.org/

Historic Barns of Connecticut: http://connecticutbarns.org/