This is the eleventh post in a multi-part series about Longview Farm in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
- Built: 1914
- Modifications: None
- Disused: 1950s
- Razed: 2004
- Size: 25′ x 30′
- Location: Between the two Dairy Barns, right in the middle.
- Listed on NRHP: Yes
Function and Features
The function should be straightforward, given the name. It covered a pit. That pit was full of manure. For city people, that concept may seem gross, but manure is actually pretty useful in farming as a fertilizer.
If you did not know what it was, you might think it was a garage in the middle of a field for no reason.
I am assuming that this was disused in the 1950s because that is when the farm got rid of the last of its cattle, and thus the farm’s largest source of manure.
I believe the pit was only placed on the National Register because it was located on the main part of the farm that was not destroyed for the lake. It would have been hard to make a case for it ever being useful because it was such as small building.
Preparations for New Longview eventually brought the pit down sometime during 2004 according to Google Earth imagery. By preparations, I mean that it was probably considered a liability to have a dilapidated building out there that had been exposed to the elements for almost half a century. It is now just part of an empty field.
The first two photos are by David J. Kaminsky in August 1978 as part of HABS.
The other photo comes from the NRHP nomination form for the farm.