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, September 26, 2011

Middleburg School, Kalona

Originally with the town named Middleburg, just west over the hill behind the school’s present location.  Built in 1860.  Due to loss of railroad, the town became extinct except for the cemetery near where the school used to be.  In 1870 the school building was moved to its current location and used as a public school until taken over by the Amish in 1960.  Remodeled several times over the years.  Oldest continuing operating school in Iowa.  NW corner of SR22 and Palm Ave., 1.2 m east of Orange Rd/CR W62 (3 m. east of SR 1). Fire number 1145 Palm Ave.  Faces east.
Photographed 9/25/11

This photo was taken on 10/11/14

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