It stood for decades along U.S. 81 in southeast Nebraska. The Martin Barn, a local landmark, kept watch over millions of travelers as they passed by on U.S. Highway 81 that stretches from Mexico to Canada. Just as monuments made of marble and stone honor the founders of our country, this barn was a landmark that honored the resilience of the farmers and their families that settled the local area.
The barn was often the first structure built on land settled in the late 1800s. Farmers and ranchers needed a place to protect the horses and mules used as they began to cultivate portions of the prairie to feed their livestock and families. This barn serves as a reminder to travelers and local residents of the importance of agriculture in our country.