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 14, 2010

Washington, IA

This is another school we learned about from the Cedar Rapids Gazette.  The 12/14/08 issue had a half-page article about this school, with some accompanying photos.  The school was called "Red Brick School," and was one of only about a dozen brick schools in Iowa.  The article was about a man who was writing a book about his memories in Washington, including his attendance at the school.  This school is being restored.  We went to see the school on 2/22/09.  The school is two miles south of town at the NW corner of County route W55 and Cappock Road.
UPDATE:  Yesterday, 10/31/10, we passed by this school and took a few photos.  Here are two of them.

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