Help Save the Historic Gribble Barn! Purchase Photographs of the Barn! The Gribble barn is located on former Gribble pioneer homesteading land near Canby, Oregon and faces destruction soon unless people come forward to help save it

This classic barn beside Hwy 170* south of Canby is beloved by many in Oregon's upper Willamette Valley. They've appreciated its weathered sense of history for many decades. Unfortunately, this landmark barn is in danger of being demolished or burned within the next few years. (* aka, the Canby-Marquam Highway, which is named S. Ivy St. inside the city limits of Canby. Barn is 3.5 miles south of town)

The Barn's owner is a Gribble, Mr. D. Joe Gribble, whose father and grandfather were both present at the barn's construction over a century ago. But today Mr. Gribble owns only the structure, not the land upon which the barn sits. That land passed out of Gribble ownership in the 1950s. The crisis of destruction arrived in 2002, and in 2016 it is still lurking.

The current landowner desires to see the Barn go away, whereas County officials would like to see it stay where it was built because that is how official County historic landmark status makes the most sense. And so this magnificent barn is in a sense homeless. Negotiations continue between Mr. Gribble and the current landowner. But the Barn's fate is perched on a knife edge, perilous and uncertain. There are many possibilities being explored to avert destruction. Email us to see how you can help!

Recent Barn News! The new Canby McDonald's store will have a mural inside that incorporates one of my photographs of the front of the Gribble Barn, as in the uppermost picture on this page. The store is slated for completion by mid-summer 2016. ...Barn Christmas Ornament: If you can find one in a local antique store, back in 2005 the Canby Chamber of Commerce sold a collector's Christmas ornament featuring another of my pictures of the Gribble Barn.

Click here to email brucej@oregonphotos.com about purchasing Gribble Barn pictures

Facts and figures:

Note: the Gribble Barn has appeared in a nationally distributed coffee-table book called "This Old Barn," published by Country Books in 1996. See the Barn on page 39, and note that its location is mis-labelled (the Editor promises to fix this if the book is reprinted).

The barn was built on the 640 acre Gribble Homestead in 1907, replacing an earlier version dating from 1850. The barn is very large, approximately 42 feet by 65 feet, with a cathederal-like interior inhabited by bats and owls. Gribble Creek runs by its NW corner. Its massive timbers were milled at the nearby Yoder Mill, which to this day is a Yoder family custom timber mill whose owners are related to the Gribbles.

The Gribble Barn looms gracefully on the east side of Hwy 170 (the Canby-Marquam Highway), about five miles south of Canby, in rural Clackamas County, Oregon. A half mile north runs Gribble Road, and the Gribble Pioneer Cemetery *(see page bottom) lies 3/4 mile west on that road.... In that very historic cemetery lies John Gribble, born in 1799, the elder who led the first Gribbles to Oregon on the Oregon Trail in 1846. Many other family names prominent in local pioneer history are also buried there (see page bottom)

See historic 1905 photograph of the Gribbles who built the Gribble Barn!

Many believe that this Barn should merit a National Historic Registry designation, or at least a County "Historical Landmark" status. It does have a current "SHPO" number (#1984) with Clackamas County, which is a solid starting point for further efforts.

The Barn's now-famous painted logo of the "Flying Double A" dates from 1986, when representatives of Mark Coppos Films in Los Angeles struck a deal with owner Iola Bowers, and agreed to the painting of the logo for a Burger King national ad. Three Portland sign painters were hired, one of whom now lives in Pennslyvania. That's "Frank," and he is is strong in his statements that the Barn ought to be saved. Below are two of his pictures from that Memorial Day weekend in 1986 when the painting happened!

Click here for image of Barn being endangered by the Floods of 1996

Click here for an aerial photograph of the Gribble Barn

Click here for new photos of the original City of Canby watering trough, which has resided beside the Gribble Barn for about 75 years. This section also includes some reminescences from the last Gribbles who resided on the original homestead property

There have been three different articles/features done on the Barn in the past few years by "The Oregonian" newspaper, Oregon's largest. Reporter Steve Mayes' piece from 5/31/2005 might be available on-line if you care to search for it

 

Contact brucej@oregonphotos.com, OregonPhotos will put you in touch with the Barn preservation effort

Back to the OregonPhotos Links page

See other Oregon historical places

The Howard School house in Central Oregon has faced a similar fate as the Gribble Barn

 

* Herein follows a very incomplete assortment of names on headstones within the Gribble Pioneer Cemetery, which is located about one mile west of the Gribble Barn, on the south side of South Gribble Road: John Gribble born 1799 died 6-3-1869, and his wife Elizabeth Gribble... Joseph Jackson born 8-30-1823... Mary Jackson... Catherine Fish born 1825, and numerous other ancient Fish headstones, many difficult to read... A Fish was probably the fir person to be buried in the Gribble Pioneer Cemetery; she was a toddler named Evaline O. Fish, died November 28, 1858. Evaline was born to Hanna Gribble. Hanna walked the Oregon Trail to Oregon alongside her father John Gribble, the two dairy cows, and the family's wagon.

Other names are: Woodford Jesse born 1839... Henry Boggess born 1841.... George Rueck born 1856... G.A. Gurley born 9-16-1861... Edward Porter born 1870...John Kraus born 1872....Frank Jesse born 1874... . Nellie White born 1877....Gabbie White (sp?) born 1882... W.G. "Hap" Harms born 1910 and Fern Gribble Harms..also, others before 1900 include: Wesley... Hungate... Dodge... Daniel Wyland... Keiling... Howser.... At some point in the future, I will make this listing more complete and would appreciate help on the project.

Page revised April 16, 2016