Historic Van Vleck barn demolished in wake of permitting error

A barn listed on the National Register of Historic Places was demolished after the town in which it is located mistakenly issued a demolition permit.

A barn listed on the National Register of Historic Places—as well as several other historic registries—was partially dismantled after the town in which it is located mistakenly issued a demolition permit.

As it happens, the red barn—on the Van Vleck property at 135 E. Broadway St. in Jackson, Wyoming—was not on the list of historic places provided to the municipality by the Teton County Historic Preservation Board.

The contractor’s work was halted when the error came to light, and now all interested parties are considering whether it’s possible to rebuild the barn or reconstruct it in another location, though the latter option would make the structure ineligible for the National Register.

The structure is most famous as the scene of a bare-knuckle fight between Clint Eastwood and Jack Wilson in the 1980 film, Every Which Way But Loose.