Manure Pit – Longview Farm

This is the eleventh post in a multi-part series about Longview Farm in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

If you look closely, you can almost see the college in the background.

If you look closely, you can almost see the college in the background.

General Info:

  • 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.

You can actually see the Chapel off to the right side in this one.

You can actually see the Chapel off to the right side in this one.

Today

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.

Additional Photos

 

Not the best photo, but I thought it was interesting to see how much had grown up in 7 years.

Not the best photo, but I thought it was interesting to see how much had grown up in 7 years.

Photo Credits

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.

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