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KANSAS SCHOOLHOUSES
(Schoolhouses of Southeast Kansas)
Kansas

Some are vacant
some are museums and
at least one is now a stable.

Text and photos by John Troesser

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Horses in old schoolhouse near Elk City, Texas
Equine Alumni near Elk City

Photo May 2005
May is a great time to visit Kansas. The Catalpa trees are busy dropping a flurry of blossoms and the Clematis vines (think of them as friendly triffids) are entwining anything that stands still. The irises are still in bloom while the daylillies are busy gathering their strength for their long days in the sun. But if you can't make it in May, don't despair. Kansas is a year-round sort of place.You can inventory the towns with brick streets, count the grain elevators, survey the stone bridges around Arkansas City or tour the downtowns of a dozen county seats. And there's always Big Brutus - the huge electric "steam" shovel that sits (heavily) between Cherryvale and Parsons. That old villian isn't going anywhere.
Horses on the porch of  old schoolhouse near Elk City, Texas
Recess

Photo May 2005
Another attraction for the quiet tourist is the array of one-room schoolhouses scattered over the countryside (which, by the way, isn't flat). Some of these orphan buildings are in ruins - while a few have been adopted and restored. Their seemingly odd locations remind you that they were built where needed - not necessarily on a highway or a bus route. Kids walked, rode or bicycled to school.
Laughing horse
Why is this horse laughing?

Photo May 2005
Horse in  the old schoolhouse
Color-coordinated

Photo May 2005
Here we present a handful of these handsome and mostly simple buildings - all found on a single loop not far from the Kansas/ Oklahoma State Line. The trip originates in Coffeyville and heads west through Elk City, Moline, Grenola, and Burden, ending in Wellington and then down to Arkansas City, and back to Coffeyville via Sedan, and Cedar Vale. next page
Kansas Schoolhouses
"Sunny Side" Schoolhouse
In "Little House on the Prairie" Compound
John Troesser
Kudos to Kansas for their very active Preservation programs. Anyone wishing to share information or photos (vintage or contemporary) of Kansas/schoolhouses, please contact us.

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