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Pete French Round Barn
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Location: Harney County, Oregon, USA
Nearest city: Burns
Coordinates: 43°7′57″N 118°38′32″W / 43.1325°N 118.64222°W / 43.1325; -118.64222Coordinates: 43°7′57″N 118°38′32″W / 43.1325°N 118.64222°W / 43.1325; -118.64222
Built/Founded: c. 1875-1885[1]
Architectural style(s): Round barn
Added to NRHP: September 10, 1971[2]
NRHP Reference#: 71000679

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.



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.[1]


Interior ceiling of Pete French Round Barn shows the wood beam support structure

The interior of the barn is constructed from lumber that was hauled to the site from 60 miles to the north. The interior is unique in that it is made from juniper posts. The center was used as a stable; outside that, 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.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Round Barn Visitors Center". Jenkins Historical Tours. Retrieved 2007-02-08.  
  2. ^ NRIS Database, National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 8 February 2007.
  3. ^ "Southeastern Oregon Historical Parks brochure" (PDF). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. June 2004. Retrieved 2007-02-21.  

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