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Why Are Barns Red? - Grit

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America's rural scene is enlivened by the presence of bright red barns. Like architectural poppies, they dot the countryside with flashes of scarlet. In spring and ...

Why are barns usually painted red? | HowStuffWorks

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Red barns are a common sight in rural parts of the country, but have you ever wondered why they're painted red? Learn about the purpose of red barns.

Why Are Barns Traditionally Painted Red? - LiveScience

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Apr 7, 2011 ... The image of a quaint red barn against green grass is as American as apple pie, but where does the tradition come from? Although there are ...

Barns Are Painted Red Because of the Physics of Dying Stars ...

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May 10, 2013 ... The simple answer to why barns are painted red is because red paint is cheap. The cheapest paint there is, in fact. But the reason it's so cheap ...

Why are Barns Red? - The Barn Journal

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Charles Leik is the Editor of The Barn Journal. This is the all-time most popular FAQ at The Barn Journal. Often the question is posed by a school teacher who ...

Why Are Barns Painted Red? - Farmers' Almanac

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Sep 16, 2008 ... Ever wonder why old barns are usually red in color? Red is (or, perhaps, was) a popular color for barns due not to its color shade but for its ...

Why are Barns Traditionally Painted Red? - Today I Found Out

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Feb 19, 2016 ... Rachel E. asks: Why are barns usually painted red? red-barn ... For farmers and their barns in certain regions, this same mentality applied.

Dead Star Barn - Edible Geography

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May 11, 2013 ...Why are barns red?” is, apparently, the all-time most popular FAQ at The Barn Journal (sadly, no word on what the second most popular might ...

Red Barns and White Barns: Why Rural Crime Skyrocketed in the ...

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Feb 24, 2015 ... Red barns are still a tradition in most USA farming regions but white barns are the norm along the path of the old National Road. Why?

Why Are Barns Red? | Wonderopolis

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Oct 27, 2015 ... Today, many barns are painted red as a form of tradition. A farmer who builds a new barn will often paint it "barn red" to make it look like the red ...

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Originally barns were red because, hundreds of years ago, farmers would seal their barns with linseed oil, milk, lime and ferrous oxide, or rust, which killed fungi and mosses. It turned the mixture red.
When paint became more available, many people chose red paint for their barns in honor of tradition.