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

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Montrose Township, Galland School replica.

On Mississippi River Road/Great River Road south of Montrose, north of 320th St, just at the curve at the river.  It was Iowa’s first school house, built in 1830. Very small.  The original was cut up for firewood, and a replica was built in 1940 but which is now about 20ft under water due to the dam at Keokuk.  This replica was built in 1977.
Photographed 9/14/13

The following photo, via Val Root, shows what the original looked like.

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