The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Northwest Oklahoma 1 2011

March 5, 2011

Bules’ barn only one round here

POND CREEK — A round barn stands near the highway, north of Pond Creek, catching the eye and imagination of travelers.

Owner Marvin Bules said he built it in 2004.

“They used to build them that way around 100 years ago. I don’t know that it has too much of an advantage, but I thought it was neat so I pursued it. There is only one other one in Oklahoma in Arcadia. I thought maybe we should have another one,” Bules said.

The barn has a 68 foot diameter and it 53 feet high and includes two restrooms. There second floor of the barn is accessable by a ramp.

“Someone else did the brick work. I had a guy help me (build it). It took me about a year to do it off and on,” Bules said.

The building isn’t used in the traditional sense of a barn. It doesn’t house hay or animals but is used for events.

“(I built it) just to talk about. I let people use it for weddings or class reunions,” said Bules. “I let them use it for nothing they just have to clean it up. There are things in it all through the year. They are going to have the senior prom out here sometime in April. I let people use it or look at it.”

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Northwest Oklahoma 1 2011
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