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One Room School House, Linn School
The plague gives the dates of this one room school house, built in 1897, in operation until 1942, and restored in 2003. Reading various articles I found a bit of conflicting information regarding this one room school house. In some articles it says the building was restored to it's 1905 status, and others said 1912 status. Not a big difference, though I don't know which is correct.
Above the door you can see (click to make any and all pictures larger) Marion Twp. Sub District #8). Funny name for a school. Apparently though #8 was the "official" name of the school kids who attended called it The Linn School. There were many from the Linn family who attended the school, Linn's lived right across the street, and down the road.
There were approximately 130 such one room school houses in Marion County back in the day to serve the rural population. The school house in located about 4 miles north of Marion on Route #4, in Ohio. The school was built of brick, measures about 800 square feet and served students through the 8th grade.
Though we weren't able to get inside, this is an attempt to photograph the inside, complete with desks and chalk board, and pot belly stove. It's opened to the public on Sat and Sun from May to October the first and 3rd Sat and Sun of the month. We were there on the first Sat of the month, but apparently too early in the day, as it's opened from 1-4 pm.
After it's closing in 1942, it sat empty and was used as a corn crib. The Hamilton Brothers, Merle and Oliver decided to purchase it and with the help of The Historical Society restored it. Both brothers attended this one room school house. Merle was born Sept 29th, 1907 and attended the school from 1913-1920; while his brother Oliver born Aug 24th, 1903, attended from 1909-1914. Merle recalls the train tracks (interurban) running right in front of the school, and in fact took the train to school.
The school's been placed on The National Register of Historic Places by the Department of the Interior.
You can even see the school bell in the tower from across the street.
This is my happiness post for today. The badge is link to the month long challenge for August to post what makes you happy. Though I do love history, and to travel, the happiness I felt when photographing the above was due to spending the day with 3 of my childhood friends, Wendy, Debbie, and Pam. It's been 50 years since we friends have gotten together.
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A bike rack
For Viu Bicing in Barcelona. Today is the letter V as we move through our A-Z challenge (if you want a V location post, here's several for Virginia...Richmond, Monticello, Arlington National Cemetery, Williamsburg, and more.
We saw these strange bikes everywhere while we were in Barcelona. Viu Bicing is a bike sharing program that began in March of 2007 in Barcelona. It has moved about Europe, to Germany, Netherlands, and Italy as a means to reduce traffic and carbon dioxide emissions in busy cities, reduce noise and it seems to be very popular. You purchase a pre-paid smart pass annually, and with a swipe of a card can slide a bike out to use. They are meant for short distances, to supplement public transportation for the locals.
There are 420 stations and close to 100,000 members in Barcelona. Vodafone (a mobile wallet app) is now involved giving members the ability to track their distance, average speed, and emissions saved. The first 30 minutes of use are …
Look at this beautiful bright aqua blue Iguana. I can't imagine you could miss this one as it slithers quickly across the hot bricks pool side. You know how hot cement and bricks are on your barefeet? These creatures love heat, in fact if you watch them you'll see they hunker down while resting so their belly touches the pavement. They get as close as they can to the hot surface to absorb as much of the heat at they can. I spotted this one coming towards my chair. Once I got the photo, I moved the chair a bit which caused it to go elsewhere. Thank you very much. Anyone who knows me, knows I'm not a big animal lover. In fact, I'm afraid of lots and lots of animals and creatures. this one was about 18 inches long. This big green Iguana was over 2 foot long and apparently likes to have it's picture taken. This is a male, I don't know the gender of the above blue one. You can see this one isn't spotted like the blue one, has a striped tail and thorny…
Story Mound is a State Memorial off Allen Avenue at Delano Avenue in Chillicothe, Ohio. The archaelogical preserve is somewhat visible near the Middle School on Arch Street (formerly the old HS). Chillicothe is rich in Indian history. Mound City Group, the more famous area is a National Memorial with much to see regarding The Hopewell Indians.
This mound, measures 19.5 feet tall and is 95 feet in diameter. It's fenced and so I wasn't able to walk around it to get a better feel for the size. This is an Adena Indian Mound. The Adena Indians inhabited the area between 800 BC and 100 AD. The mound is slightly smaller then it was originally. It measured 25 feet in height and 125 feet in diameter before it was partially excavated in 1876 by Clarence Loveberry for The Ohio Historical Society. It sits on just under one acre of land. Beneath the mound are traces of a round timber building; the first documentation of this type of structure for the Adena people.