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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Prairie Hoppin'

I went on another trip the other day photographing old schools and cemeteries in the southeast corner of Logan County. I had a list of fifteen different sites marked on my map that I wanted to photograph that day.

The first site I came to was the Poordo School site. As you can see from the picture, the school is gone and the site of the old school is now a farmer's field.

I knew a lot of the old schools had been torn down but for my project I still needed to photograph the site where the school once stood. From your point of view it is not real exciting to see plowed fields or an empty site where a school once stood, so I won't include anymore photos here of "empty" school sites, only the schools that still remain standing even though they may have been remodeled.

The second school I had on my list was Hunter School. Enough of the old brick work remained that this could be identified as part of the old original school.

Lake Bank Cemetery is one I had seen before from the road, but I had not driven to it.

This cemetery is still active, that is, people can still be put to rest there. This cemetery has some newer stones, but most have been here for a long time.

I came across a cemetery I had not seen before, even though it sits out on the wide open prairie. I left the main road and traveled a little lane that lead to Two Mile Grove Cemetery.

This is still an active cemetery but I don't think many people have been buried here in recent times as most (not all) of the stones were old.

After finishing the fifteen sites on my list I went by a school site that I knew about. It was in the area where I was. The area where Rose Dell School stood has what looks like a new house on the site. Close inspection reveals that part of the original brickwork is still present in the foundation. So part of the original school is still present but it has been remodeled and added onto over the years.

Next I wanted to check out a cemetery that was located on private land. It sits in a timber about 3/8 of a mile off the road. There is no way to get to the cemetery except by walking in. I wanted to check with the landowner about getting permission to walk his land to the cemetery. He told me he would walk back with me so he could show me where the cemetery was located. This began the most exciting part of my outing for that day. I won't say any more about my experience locating and finding the Reece/Shellhammer Cemetery here. It deserves its own blog.

I remembered another old school building in the area where I was. My dad and I had driven by the school many times when we had gone hunting. I was pleasantly surprised to see the school still standing as I drove by on the highway - and in very excellent condition.

Just past the school was a side road that I took and pulled over to park so I could take some pictures of this school. It still looked the way I had remembered it as a kid!!

I drove on down the road a ways and took another picture from a distance just to show how this school was located out in the middle of nowhere.

I really enjoy these posts.
girlcarew   Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I also enjoy these posts. Those country cemeteries are strangely beautiful and a little creepy. Looking forward to the Reece/Shellhammer Cemetery story.
jef   Thursday, March 1, 2012
Steve, did you go to a one room school?
BeanCounter37   Thursday, March 1, 2012
Did not!
stheinz   Thursday, March 1, 2012
Love the renovated schoolhouses (no, I'm not considering it). The last one is especially beautiful. Can't wait to hear the Reece/Shellhammer story.
SallyPants   Thursday, March 1, 2012
Its very interesting and a little sad to see the empty spots.
dannie   Friday, March 2, 2012
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