ORIGINS

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 the one with schools in other states. Jill :oD

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Liberty #4, Hills School

Was at the NW corner of Oakcrest Hill Rd and 520th St. Moved about 1/4 mile north to 5141 Oakcrest Hill Rd SE (old US218).  Sits at the back of the lot, barely visible from the road, but quite visible from US218 by the on-ramp from Hills.  Used as an outbuilding.

This first shot was taken from Oakcrest Hill Rd, and is the best shot we could get.
This one was taken looking north from 520th St just before the entrance ramp to US218. 
The remaining photos were taken from north bound on-ramp to US218 as we moved slowly northbound by the highway.

Photographed 12/3/16

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Alton School

Used from 1867 to 1961, and is the oldest surviving schoolhouse in Dallas County.  Preserved at Forest Park Museum at 1477 K Ave south of Perry.  They do not say where it was originally located.

Photographed 11/12/16

Chester #9, Grinnell

Located on the NE corner of 350th Ave and 20th St.  From Grinnell, proceed north on SR146 to 350th Ave and turn west, then go one mile.

Photographed 11/12/16

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Adams #1, Wellman School

This school is SW of Ottumwa.  Built 1909.  Located at 20471 Copperhead Road (county H-47).  From Ottumwa, proceed west out of town on Bluegrass Rd (H41) to 200th Ave and turn south, proceeding two miles to Copperhead Rd.  At Copperhead Rd turn west for 1/2 mile and the school is on the north side of the road.  205th Ave is the crossroad but there is really no road there, just traces.

Approaching from the east:

Photographed on 8 November 2016

Dahlonega #1

Located northeast of Ottumwa, this is the third building at this location, beginning with a log cabin in the early 1800s.  According to the book, “Iowa’s Country Schools: Landmarks of Learning,” edited by William L. Sherman, “The town of Dahlonega grew up around the school and was once bigger than Ottumwa.  Now the only structure remaining in this once thriving community is the school…”  Address is 10937 Dahlonega Rd.  From US63 NE of Ottumwa, take exit 36 to Dahlonega Rd and proceed north to Angle Rd and turn west into the community.  As Angle Rd bends north the school will be on the NW corner.

Photographed on 8 November 2016

Clay #? Greenvale School

Located on north side of SR78 about 2.5 miles west of Brighton, on the west side of the entrance to Lake Darling Park.  Used as a bait shop/grocery store.

Photographed 8 November 2016

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Lafayette Township, Unknown

Located on CR X52 about 5.5 miles north of Harpers Ferry on the east side of the highway, north side of Red Oak Rd.  Front porch addition, used as a house.

Photographed on 10/22/16

Taylor #?, Oil Spring School

This school is on County Highway X52 about 2 miles north of town, on the north side of Oil Spring Creek.  To be moved in November to the town of Harpers Ferry for preservation.  Original outhouse remains.

Photographed 10/22/16

Musfeldt School

Located at the Plagman’s Barn Museum on CR C7X east of Garber, at the intersection of Ironwood Rd.  No information as to where it was located from.

Photographed 10/22/16

Elk Township #?

This stone school is SW of Elkport on county route C7X, on the SW corner of Hawk Ave.  The address is 34557 Hawk Ave, and it is used as a home.

Photographed 10/22/16

Friday, October 21, 2016

Sheridan #9

Another one we learned about while attending the country school conference.  Located at the NW corner of W. 90th St. and 130th Ave, north of Davenport.  Access from I-80 would be to exit NW on SR130/Northwest Blvd, and then proceed west on W. 90th St to 130th Ave. Converted to home.

First photo is of the west and south sides, other one is south and east sides.

Photographed 10/20/16