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Historic barn celebrates 100 years

By Jay Hildebrandt , Anchor
Published On: Jul 19 2013 04:04:03 PM CDT

Considered the most photographed barn in the nation, this barn in Grand Teton National Park marks its centennial.

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming -

Old barns are a favorite subject for photographers. One of the most picturesque and famous barns photographers from all over the world come to see is celebrating a special anniversary.

The hundred year old Moulton barn in Grand Teton National Park is called the most photographed barn in America. With the majestic Tetons as a backdrop you can see why. Moulton descendant Hal Blake and his wife Iola live in the old Moulton homestead next door.

"Every morning when the sun comes up and lights the tip of the Teton peaks and the face of the barn, it's not uncommon that you could have a dozen photographers here taking pictures of the barn each morning," Hal Blake says.

On saturday, the Moulton descendants and the park service are planning a big centennial celebration for the famous landmark that draws so many visitors each year.

"This is the place they want to capture that bygone history, what the old west might have looked like and kind of get a little idea of the mystery and mystique of living here and settling here and what a hard life that might have been," says park public affairs officer, Jackie Skaggs.

Volunteers are helping to shore up and spruce up the building for the celebration. With the structure deteriorating, Hal and Iola Blake thought this would be the perfect time to raise funds for a more complete restoration.

"We get to watch it every summer on a daily basis and it's definitely showing its 100 years," Iola Blake says.

It will take about $100,000 to fix up the barn. The Blakes and the park service decided to reach out to the community for help.

“This is a chance to raise awareness in the community that with limited park dollars we've been unable to meet all the preservation needs out here," park cultural resources specialist, Katherine Wonson, says.

The community has responded by donating raffle and silent auction items for Saturday - everything from hotel stays to back packing trips to expensive artwork.

"The community has come together - this barn means a lot to this community.," Iola Blake says.

The celebration starts Saturday morning at 9:00 A.M. There will be music, dance performances, activities and stories for the kids, lectures from rangers and historical experts and speeches by the mayor and park superintendent.

The raffles drawings are at 11:45 so get your tickets before then.

To get to the mMulton barn from Jackson head to the park and turn right a mile north of moose junction. You'll find it a couple miles down on the right.

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