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Holmgren Historical Farm

Holmgren Historical Farm

John G.E Larsen, an early immigrant from Scandinavia, settled it the Bear River Valley and lived on the property now known as the Holmgren Historical Farm in Tremonton. He settled here as early as 1889, but did not obtain it as a homestead until 1896 when Utah officially became a state. The Larsen?s built a small 3 room home which is still in existence today as part of the Zollinger home. He farmed there until 1916 when David Holmgren bought the farmstead. In 1937, David?s son, Wayne and his wife June bought the homestead. Together, father and son built most of the out buildings, including the barn and the unique round granary.

The barn owes its unique design to David and Wayne?s progressive attitude. David traveled east and saw different styles of barns. He decided that the Gothic arch or bow truss would offer the most space and up-to-date design. The placement of the barn on the banked area allowed for a basement to be the milking parlor with all the hay being stored upstairs in the loft area. The most unique feature of the barn?s construction is that in order to achieve the curved roof of the Gothic arch, the wood for the trusses was soaked in the farm pond until pliable. Then the wood was placed in forms on the ground to dry in the curved shape needed to form the open arch of the barn.

In 1988, Tamara Zollinger, grand daughter of David Holmgren bought the farm with her husband Clair. Today she devotes all of her time to running the historical aspects of th

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