Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bit of history

Went out to the new house yesterday and while I was there it was more picture taking time. I ventured into the old milking barn to really see how much clean up there is. Um, a lot!

This side of the barn was turned in to dog kennels.

A sign on one of the doors.

All I can say with this mess is, "Wow".

There is a lot of work ahead to get this mess cleared and cleaned up.

Not sure what these hoses were used for since they look pretty modern.

I noticed water faucets and decided to see if there was still running water inside the barn. Much to  my surprise there is! Sweeeet! The actual barn clean up won't happen until Spring of next year due to winter fast approaching.

I noticed this can hanging from a tree. Don't have a clue as to why. Maybe in time the answer will come.

Now for some history I uncovered about the property.

In the 1970's a man named Roy Kabat owned the property. He trained animals to be used in Hollywood movies and commercials. The animals were at the property with him and he would travel down to Hollywood with them.

Also, Roy started the program Dogs For The Deaf right there on the property. That explains the kennels in the barn and also the kennels located on the other side of the barn. Dogs For The Deaf are now located about a mile from where I live now. It is a wonderful organization. Here is a link in case you would like to learn more about them

Roy passed away in 1986.

I also found out that there was 280 acres total, but with time is just now the 43 acres. Also the property is a Sensitive Big Game Winter Range Habitat. Not exactly sure what that means just yet.

I haven't been able to search further back yet. But given time I will find out more of the history.

Oh, and I saw five Does coming down off one of the hills behind the barn. I was so excited.

One more quick thing. Yes, all the chickens are moving with to the new place. I forgot to add them in the list of critters.

Until next time......................


  1. Some would see a mess and close the door, never to open it again. Others see the beauty in it all and the potential for what it could be.

    I commend you for tackeling it. I'm sure the animals will be very appreciative.

  2. That can hanging from a tree is called "target practice" :P

    The sensitive big game winter range habitat is sort of like a winter big game refuge. Here's a link that will help you understand it more.

    It also means you're going to be seeing a lot of mountain lions, especially with the goats and chickens around. Be careful my friend.

  3. Sensitive Big Game Winter Range Habitat - could be a good thing if it means elk, etc can seek coverage from the cold weather and birth their babies there.

  4. and when Mike and I moved here, the old, dark barn was filled with junk. The barn had not been a functioning barn in many years, we've burned a lot and made many trips to the landfill, and now the old barn is coming back to life.

    The important thing, does the roof leak? We were fortunate that the tin roof on the barn does not.

  5. Looks like you have some sort of drain tile there. Was maybe for a project that needs doing?

    Get a BIG shovel and a dumpster! It will go faster than you think!

  6. Oh my! That's a lot of work! I wish I could come give you a hand.

  7. Who would hang a can from a tree for target practice. Not a very good backstop for the bullets. It may very well be, but just seems odd to me.

  8. Yes, a bit to do. But it will wait as you said till spring. In the meantime, lots of time to get settled. Very interesting history. You seem to find these places with 'good' history! It's all working out as you said it would.

  9. You certainly do have a lot of work. I had truck loads of junk to remove when I moved here too. Still have more to get rid of. Good luck!

  10. There is a lot of work ahead of you, but, it looks like the rewards will be great. What a wonderful history surrounding your new place. I think you are going to enjoy it, and the creatures that surround you.

  11. Wow, I didn't check your blog for a few days, and you have been BUSY! Congrats on finding such a neat place. It looks pretty isolated or are there close neighbors? The barn will be a mess to clean up, but as someone said, get a dumpster and shovel and you'll soon make headway. Wear a mask with all the evidence of mice and such around. I'm SO happy you found a place before winter. I'm looking forward to future posts---it'll be satisfying when you get the 'mess' under control in the barn and such.

  12. Oh, how exciting! You know, seeing your work ahead of you actually motivates me to work around here! We have SOOO much work that STILL needs to be done around our place. Sometimes I get down and depressed, just tired of never being close to being done with the work. but when I see someone else with as much or more work to do, then I'm excited and want to get busy again. So, thanks for the motivation! If I didn't live on the opposite side of the country I'd come help you're cleanup job in the spring!! We all can use an extra pair of hands sometimes!

    Thanks again for the encouragement!

  13. If I lived more closely I would roll up my shirt and help you
    how many animals in total are going with you???

  14. It looks like a lovely place and must have good vibes since it was used for such important things as Dogs for the Deaf. You will have a lot of work ahead of you, but I know you will love it there. And so will the critters. Thought about you yesterday as we watched Oregon beat USC.--Inger

  15. A lot of work but also fun exploring the unknown:) Good luck with moving day!


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