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stacy moomaw
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From:chickasha ok usa
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posted October 23, 2002 07:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stacy moomaw   Click Here to Email stacy moomaw     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
a friend of mine went to kentucky we were woundering why there was black barns and fences every were thank you Stacy from oklahoma

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OceanArcher
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From:Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA
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posted April 03, 2003 09:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OceanArcher   Click Here to Email OceanArcher     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stacey ...

The barns and fences that you saw that were black were not actually "painted" ... they were covered with creosote - a black tar like substance. The barns are covered with it for two reasons (usually)... to keep the termites and other wood-eating critters away from them -- thereby making them last a lot longer, and (2) ... to make the interior of the barn much hotter. What you probably saw were curing barns for the tobacco leaves.

Now - for the fences. Different reason here ... to keep horses from rubbing against the fence, and also to keep the horses from chewing on the fence (tastes nasty). Most working horse farms used to have black fences, but now, lots of times the fences are black simply from habit.

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