Dougan Round Barn

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Dougan Round Barn
Dougan Round Barn.jpg
Before 2012 demolition
Dougan Round Barn is located in Wisconsin
Dougan Round Barn
Dougan Round Barn is located in the US
Dougan Round Barn
Location 444 West Colley Rd., Beloit, Wisconsin
Coordinates 42°30′29″N 88°59′20″W / 42.50806°N 88.98889°W / 42.50806; -88.98889Coordinates: 42°30′29″N 88°59′20″W / 42.50806°N 88.98889°W / 42.50806; -88.98889
Area less than one acre
Built 1911
MPS Centric Barns in Rock County TR
NRHP reference # 79000108[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 4, 1979
Removed from NRHP January 30, 2014

The Dougan Round Barn in Beloit, Wisconsin, United States, was a round barn that was built in 1911. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[1] It was demolished in 2012.[2]

The barn served as a dairy barn until 1968. At its peak the farm had 120 cows.[3]:7–9

The owner of the farm was Wesson J. Dougan, a Methodist pastor who gave up the ministry when he became deaf. He purchased his farm in 1906, established the Dougan Dairy, and finished building the round barn in 1911. A pioneer in scientific farming and dairy management practices, Dougan was recognized in 1926 by the University of Wisconsin's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with an Honorary Recognition Award, for combining "so successfully, skillful husbandry with a high type of rural life that his work has been a thoroughly constructive influence in the dairy industry. In this he has achieved high ideals to an unusual degree." When he retired, his son Ronald A Dougan took over the family's three farms, the dairy, the milk delivery business, and the hybrid seed corn business; RA Dougan retired in 1976, having sold his delivery business to a corporate producer. The story of the farm is told in a three-volume series of books by writer and university professor Jacqueline Dougan Jackson, the founder's granddaughter.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Historic Dougan Round Barn demolished". Beloit Daily News. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Nancy Belle Douglas (November 10, 1978). "National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation: Centric Barns in Rock County TR" (PDF). National Park Service.