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

Friday, April 9, 2010

Franklin Township, Abbe Creek School

Abbe Creek School is a restored school between Cedar Rapids and Mt. Vernon, on Mt. Vernon Road, which used to be the old Lincoln Highway.  It was built in 1856 to replace an 1844 wooden structure. It was also used as a meeting house for the settlers.  The school was closed in the 1930s, and in 1964 it was restored for use as a museum.  Schools take students on field trips to this old building, but it was closed up the day we shot it, 5/7/05.  The second shot shows the entrance to the tornado shelter.

Update 20 April 2014:  New photos with a digital camera, and you can see more of the building without the bushes.

UPDATE 3/4/16:  I found this article on Wikipedia which has some good information about the school.  Also, the Cedar Rapids Gazette had a good article.

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