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

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Lamoni, IA Welcome Center

April 8, 2009, while on our way home from Oklahoma City, we stopped at the welcome center on Interstate 35, exit 4, near Lamoni.  We found this school, which had just recently been relocated there for preservation.  You can see work was in progress.
3/10/13 update:  Apparently this school was placed on its new foundation not long before we saw it.  On  3/8/13 we stopped here again, and learned that the school is from Lineville, IA, which is at the SE corner of Decatur county (their sign says "Linesville").  It was built in 1909.  Apparently it was restored at its old location and then moved to its current site, because photos of the move show it in its current condition.  There were three photos hanging on the wall, depicting this school in its original state:

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