Thomas Moulton Barn

This is probably most photographed barn in America.  The picture today is the Thomas A. Moulton Barn, which was built in 1910.  The other barn further to the north is the John Moulton barn and it is equally photogenic.  I’ll share that barn with you next week.

This area of the Teton valley was settled by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also knows as Mormons.  Their homesteads were in this area of the Tetons, called Antelope Flats, between the towns of Moose and Kelly.  This area was known as Mormon Row.  Thanks to preservation efforts these two barns still remain standing.

Some of the earliest settlers of the Teton valley were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as Mormons. Many of their homesteads were located along what became known as Mormon Row. In the early 1900’s, brothers John and Thomas Alma Moulton built homesteads on Mormon Row. Today, thanks to the work of interested preservationists, the barns they built still exist.

I took this photograph at sunrise.  When the sun comes above the horizon you can watch the texture and the colors of the barn begin to change.  The barn turns from this faded wood to golden and reddish brown and the texture of the alternating slats of wood are enhanced by the morning sun.  I pushed in close to this barn to give the Teton mountains behind it a towering stance over the barn and to show the peaks of the mountain and the barn together in unison.

If you go to take this picture for yourself, get there early before sunrise so you can get a spot.  There will most likely be many other photographers trying to capture this famous barn for themselves.

Thomas Moulton Barn - ©Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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Capture Notes:

  • Camera:  Canon EOS 5D Mk II
  • Lens:  Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8 L USM
  • ISO: 200
  • Focal Length:  55 mm
  • Aperture:  f/16
  • Shutter Speed: 1/50 sec.
  • Post Processing:  Aperture – Various curve adjustments, cropped to 16X9 Format, sized for the web.
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