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

Buffalo #1, Burlingham School

Another school the Cedar Rapids Gazette told about, built before 1900.  This one is located south of Prairieburg, IA on the NW corner of Prairieburg Road and Wapsie Banks Road.  The original school was built by 1869, but burned in 1925.  This building was a church 1/2 mile away, and was moved to the location of the burnt school in order to replace it.  A basement was dug prior to the placement of the building.  The school closed ca. 1950.   It is now fixed up and rented out as a special "cottage" for things like newlyweds, anniversary get-aways, etc.
Photographed 3/5/09

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