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

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Poweshiek County Madison #1

Relocated to Tama County for use as a home.  This school was having some restoration work done when we saw it.  It is on US 30, 1.6 miles west of Iowa State Route 21, on the north side.  Photographed October 2003.


Chrissy F said...

My dad went to a little country school called Elem Grove. Sound familiar? Believe it was in Tama County. Would love to hear back from you. If you have heard of it, please email me at Thank you. I have a picture of his class or at least some of his friends to share if you like.

The Piper's Wife said...

Hi Chrissy,

Haven't heard of that one. Those that I have here labeled Tama County are the only ones I know of. I would love to have more information about extant schools in Tama County.

J.D. said...

Just an update on the Poweshiek County Madison #1 if anyone is interested. It looks like it has been abandoned now and it is sitting in the right of way for the new lanes being added to Hwy 30 through the hills. They have started cutting the trees back to the east and west of where it sits and I'm assuming at some point it will probably be demolished (or moved again).

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

So they are finally widening US30 through that area!?!?! It's been a while since I've driven in that neck of the woods. Perhaps that's why the school was abandoned -- likely purchased or taken over by eminent domain.

Allie said...

AM says: I wish I knew how to buy it. I would like to save it and move it to Apple Haus!