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

West Liberty, IA

On 2/22/09 we continued on a scenic day trip.  Since I was scheduled to do a gig on St. Patrick's Day in West Liberty, we decided to scout that town on the way home so as to know where to go for the gig.  On the west side of town they were making a museum out of the old railroad depot, and they had moved a school from someplace fairly close and put it on a foundation as part of their museum.  It had recently been placed there and a lot of work was still being done.

UPDATE 8/15/15:  Coming through West Liberty today we decided to return to see if they had information about this school.  There has been lots of work since we were here last, with historical buildings, etc moved to the site to make a nice park.  Here are photos from today, including a shot of the sign explaining about the school.

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