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

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Grinnell #9

Driving home from Des Moines on Interstate 80 on a spring day in May 2006, we spotted this school about a mile north of the highway when we were just west of the Grinnell exit.  So we headed up the road into Grinnell and discovered this school to be about one mile west of the Grinnell airport.  Although it is now used as a house, the old swing set was still there.
4/17/10 update:  We shot these photos today for some better color and contrast.  The exact location is on 410th Avenue at the SE corner of 20th St, 1 mile west of Iowa SR146.  The swingset is no longer there and the side yard is full of cars and other junk so we didn't shoot the west side as before.


UPDATE 11/14/16:  This school closed in the early 1950s.

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