The Valpo Core Reader

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There is certain ominous magic that dwells in old barns, almost as if they actually have souls. The old barn that sticks in my mind most is Corny Abbring's old barn next door to my home in DeMotte, Indiana. It is an ancient monument that has been standing for over a century; it bears no resemblance to the sterile aluminum barns of today. The barn is only a shadow of its former self, and though it hasn't been used in years, a spirit still haunts its woodwork.