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Snowstorm destroys large piece of family history near Rock Falls

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Rock Falls (WQOW) - A piece of property, more than a century old, was destroyed by Thursday's storm. The snow was so wet and heavy, it created a big mess to clean up, whether the streets in Eau Claire to a farm outside of Rock Falls.  That's where a piece of history crumbled today.

"Hate to see it go, it's been there all my life, but what are you going to do," asks farm owner Dick Dahl.

For more than one hundred winters, this Rock Falls barn stood high.

"Since, I don't know, 1880's, 90's probably," says Dahl.

But it was no match for May's spring snowstorm.

"Well I just heard a couple of cracks and bangs, and I looked that way and it just collapsed, just totally went down," Dahl says.

More than nine inches of wet heavy snow fell in the Rock Falls area.

"It survived the winter and then we get a freak and away it goes," says Dahl. "It's all pretty heavy, it was hard to move to plow the driveway out," says Dahl.

The Dahl family isn't going to rebuild. They just use the building for storage right now. They quit dairy farming a few years ago. So now the cleanup begins. But they hope to salvage some pieces of history.

"I've got a son in law that works for a backhoe outfit, he'll have to come and help I guess. There's a lot of it I'd like to salvage I guess. I've used old barn boards in the house and some of the timbers and stuff I'd like to try to salvage," says Dahl. "We'd like to save those cupolos. There's two of them, there's another one buried over there."

The barn meant so much to the family dick's grandson recently had his senior pictures taken inside.

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