ORIGINS

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

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Van Buren Township, Columbia School

At 1500 245th St.  According to Val Root, it was a 1-room frame building with a bell tower, and was associated with the underground railroad.  From Donnellson, proceed west on State Hwy 2 to 150th Ave.  Proceed south on 150th for two miles and the school is on the NE corner of 245th.  Derelict.

South side of building
West side of building
East side of building
Photographed 9/26/15

For more information about this school, see this page.  And here are old photos from Val Root:

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