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

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Belden School

Used from 1859 to 1943.  About 6.5 miles east of Galena on U.S. 20 is the entrance to Galena Territory on the north side of the road.  As you enter, you must turn left (west) for about 2/10 mile to Blackhawk Trace.  Turn north and proceed 2 miles to West Wachter Rd, then turn east.  Proceed on W. Wachter for.4 mile to North Brodecht Rd and turn south.  Proceed 1.1 miles to Heatherdown Ln and turn west.  Follow this road for about a mile and the school will be on the right/north side, sitting well back from the road. (Be careful because just before it gets to the school, Heatherdown Ln turns left - straight is Deer Hollow Run.)  There is a sign just prior to the school, with a trail to follow back to it.  This is also the easiest way when arriving from east of Galena on U.S. 20 from Elizabeth.
Approaching the school from the hiking trail off of Heatherdown Ln.
Inside looking through the windows.
As seen from Heatherdown Ln.
Photographed on 3/31/12


  1. Hello. I am Jim Winter, Communication manager for The Galena Territory Association. May I have permission to use one of your photos of Belden School? Let me know. Thanks.

  2. Hi Jim,

    You certainly may use our photos. Just be sure to give credit. :)