Louisville School

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Architecture, Rural Decay
The Louisville school-house was erected in the middle of the school district, having been built in the center of a swamp.  As a result, a road was never built to access it.  This did not really matter as most people used horses and wagons as modes of transportation back then.   The school opened its doors in April 1910.  In 1958 it was moved from its original location 1/2 mile north and closed its doors in 1960.

Many of my husband’s family members attended the school.  His paternal grandparents and most of their siblings were educated in the one room school-house in the early 20th century, as well as his father, uncle and aunt in the 50’s and 60’s.  The last Rose family member to attend the school was his uncle, in 1960.

Since its closure, the building has been used for grain storage and for a number of years now, has been completely abandoned.  Like so many of these first prairie school houses, the elements are taking their toll on this structure, and it is slowly wasting away.

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Entranced by rural and urban decay. I am drawn to these forlorn sites because they emote conflicting sentiments of beauty and disintegration.

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