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 blog with schools in other states. Jill :oD

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Prairie Ridge School

Closed circa 1950. Located at 8100 Spanish Rd. The original location was 1/4 mile south, and it was moved to the Edwin and Martha Buresh farm for use as a garage and shop.   From Ely or Cedar Rapids one can find this school by using Wright Brothers Blvd, and about 1 mile west of Ely Rd turn north on Spanish Rd for about 1/2 mile.  The school is on the west side of the road behind a house.
Photographed on 10/26/14

Update 8/8/16:  Dave Chase was able to get some excellent photographs after getting permission from the owners.

Update 2/3/18: This link has photos of this school in operation as well as more information:


42N said...

Glenn: We visited this schoolhouse today with permission. The farmhouse on the property will be undergoing upgrading beginning this week. I will blog about it tonight. The school is in the same condition as your 2015 photos indicate. Nice link in your article to a thumbnail photo of the school circa 1910.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Hi Dave,

I'm just now getting to my emails, etc after having been off the 'net since 7/30. Catching up and will look forward to your post.