Pete French Round Barn

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Pete French Round Barn
Peter French Round Barn - exterior.jpg
Barn in 2013
LocationHarney County, Oregon
Nearest cityBurns
Coordinates43°07′57″N 118°38′33″W / 43.132585°N 118.642563°W / 43.132585; -118.642563Coordinates: 43°07′57″N 118°38′33″W / 43.132585°N 118.642563°W / 43.132585; -118.642563
Area5 acres (2.0 ha)
Builtc. 1875-1885[2]
Architectural styleRound barn
NRHP reference #71000679[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 10, 1971

The Pete French Round Barn, located near Burns, Oregon, United States, is a round barn listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The late 19th century barn was owned and constructed by cattle rancher Peter French; French trained horses there during the winter. The barn was listed on the National Register on September 10, 1971.


Peter French Round Barn (Harney County, Oregon scenic images) (harDA0025).jpg

This round barn was constructed sometime in the late 1870s or early 1880s. There were originally two—or possibly three—in the vicinity, but this is the only round barn remaining. They were used to break horses during the winter. Three hundred to one thousand horses were moved through each year.[3] The French family donated the site to the state of Oregon in 1969.[2]


Interior ceiling of Pete French Round Barn shows the large single juniper center post and dimentonal wood lumber support structure

The interior of the barn consists of a circular rock wall, constructed with local rock and mud, which encloses the central stable area. The remainder of the structure is constructed from lumber that was hauled to the site from 60 miles to the north. The interior is unique in that it is supported by juniper posts. The center area was used as a horse stable; around the outside of the rock wall, there is a covered circular track that was used to exercise horses during winter months. The barn looks much as it did when cattleman Pete French constructed it.[2]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Round Barn Visitors Center". Jenkins Historical Tours. Retrieved 2007-02-08.
  3. ^ "Southeastern Oregon Historical Parks brochure" (PDF). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. June 2004. Retrieved 2007-02-21.

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