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County Line School

County Line School

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Built: 1920 | Abandoned: ~1960s
Status: AbandonedGutted
Photojournalist: Quincy Vagell

On the backroads of Ottawa County lies a tiny red brick, vernacular, one-room schoolhouse. The County Line School gets its name from its location, right on the Ottawa and Lincoln County line. Built in 1920 it was a country school with one teacher and a handful of students living in the rural communities. One semi-unique feature not commonly found in these one-room schoolhouses is a basement, due to the common tornados in the Midwest architects felt this was important to add. County Line School was used for more than just students, it was also used for many community meetings and events. Rook parties were common with lunch and dinners bringing the community together as well.

But due to it being in such a rural area the school and declining population the school district consolidated and County Line School was left abandoned. While it has remained vacant for decades and in more recent years had been a hay shed, the County Line School is eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.







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Emily Cowan

Emily is a two-time published author of "Abandoned Oklahoma: Vanishing History of the Sooner State" and "Abandoned Topeka: Psychiatric Capital of the World". With over two hundred published articles on our websites. Exploring since 2018 every aspect of this has become a passion for her. From educating, fighting to preserve, writing, and learning about history there is nothing she would rather do.

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Blaine G
Blaine G
2 months ago

Nice story and pictures…I visited this school on March 31,2023.It was the last one on a 3 day trip in northern Kansas where I took almost 150 old one room school and church pictures.

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