|City/Town: • Arlington|
|Location Class: • School|
|Built: • 1912 | Abandoned: • 1960s|
|Status: • Abandoned • Burned Down|
|Photojournalist: • Charles Wheeler Drew Roberts|
During the school election of April 1911, a new school building was discussed and decided this is a need that needed to be addressed soon. The nearby towns of Sylvia, Turon and Pretty Prairie had all just gotten brand new schoolhouses. It was a concern of the Arlington district that students would fall behind in schoolwork as a result of not having a thorough equipt building. By the next year, work commenced on a state-of-the-art two-story building that would become the new Arlington School. Architects Mann & Gerow of Hutchinson were skilled and popular architects throughout the area responsible for designing dozens of buildings, including the new school. Muth Plumbing & Heating Co. was able to secure the contract for the heating plant.
The Arlington School was late to open with expectations of opening after the first of the year, so students had to attend school for the first semester of the 1912 school year in three vacant buildings. The buildings were leased to the school board for use until the building was complete. When completed it was a magnificent two-story building with six rooms and a basement.
It is unknown exactly why the school closed but the building became abandoned in the 1960s. It continued to be used as storage for a few years after but by the 1970s was pretty much left to fall to the elements.
Unfortunately, the Arlington School met its official demise on March 28, 2015, when a nearby farmer had done a controlled burn on his field nearby. The wind unexpectedly shifted and headed straight for the building. Being as most of the inner construction was made of wood the school quickly shot up in flames. Firefighters from Reno County Fire District No. 4 and the South Hutchinson Fire Department arrived around and spent the morning putting out the blaze.
Gallery Below of Arlington School
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