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
Monday, July 25, 2011
Hickory Grove School, Keokuk
This is a nicely restored school near the Keokuk airport. It is just west of US218 on Iowa SR960/243rd Ave (old US218) at the junction with Walker Lane, about 1/2 mile south of county J82. The plaque above the door says, "The Hickory Grove School, Dist. No. 3, 1870." Apparently, this school may have also been used as a church - it sits next to the Hickory Grove Cemetery. The pump still works but there is a sign on it which says to not drink the water.