The Cooper Barn is the largest barn in Kansas, measuring 66’ wide, 114’ long, and 48’ high. The barn was built in 1936 as part of Foster Farms, headquartered in Breton, KS. In 1992, the Cooper Barn was moved 16 miles in one piece to its current home at the Prairie Museum of Art & History in Colby, Kansas.
The Prairie Museum of Art & History opened in 1988. The museum is both a repository for the Thomas County Historical Society, founded in 1959, and the home of the Kuska Collection. The museum houses a large collection of dolls, glassware, ceramics, toys, furniture, and other items collected by Nellie Kuska, as well as historical materials and artifacts from Thomas County, KS. The Prairie Museum’s 24-acre site is also home to a 1930’s farmstead, one room school, sod house, Lone Star Church, and Vacin-Tubbs Barn.
The Prairie Museum of Art & History is located at 1905 S. Franklin Ave. Colby, KS. https://prairiemuseum.org/