I grew up in a small Ohio town, and I rode the school bus from 1st through 12th grades. My bus ride always included a country road on which every school day we saw a one-room brick school house. (SW corner of Stine Rd and Enon-Xenia Pike). As the years went by, I watched this wonderful, familiar friend fall apart. After I married, the school really began to deteriorate. Every time we visited the area I would want to take a photo of the school, but never did. Finally, when we went specifically for the task, the school was gone. It was a huge loss for me and, since that time, whenever we pass a one-room school, it is a joy to stop to take a picture or two. Thus, our collection here and on our Iowa One Room Schools blog. :oD Jill

Friday, October 21, 2016

Bishop Hill Colony School

This town was founded as a Swedish Pietist colony.  The school was built in 1861.

Photographed 10/20/16


This unknown school is in town.  It is located on 1st NE, North side, just east of Chester St, on south side of the railroad tracks. Looks to have been moved to this location.

Photographed 10/20/16

Elmira School, Elmira, IL

Southeast of the town of Kewanee is the little hamlet of Elmira.  This worn out school can be found on the north side of state highway 93, just east of Elmira Rd.  Any information about this school would be appreciated.

This next one shows the brick foundation:
This last shot was taken from Elmira Rd so we could see the back has a door (we could see the back door through the front) like the front.  We could not get a view from the north due to trees blocking.

Photographed on 10/20/16

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Unknown School, Lyman

North side of I-90 at exit 241.  Access was not immediately found so photos were taken from I-90.  First photo was taken on 7/30/16 while westbound and looking over our shoulder as we passed it, while the others were taken on 8/6/16 when eastbound when we stopped on the shoulder of the highway.

Balster School, Kimball

Preserved in a complex at the South Dakota Tractor Museum on the south side of I-90.

Photographed on 8/6/16

Unknown School, Beresford

At Interstate 90 exit 47, at the SW corner of I-90 and State Highway 46.  Preserved.  Looked like possible original location.

Photographed on 8/6/16

Friday, January 22, 2016

Ormand Beach, FL

We don't normally post photos which we haven't taken, but this school has an interesting history.  This is scanned from the February 2016 issue of The American Legion magazine, page 58.