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Pleasant Valley School

Pleasant Valley School

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Built: 1881 | Abandoned: 2015
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Emily Cowan

Pleasant Valley School is a native sandstone one-room schoolhouse was constructed in 1881 just on the outskirts of Yates Center. There is two different colored sandstones giving evidence of an addition later on. Six years after its construction a fence was deemed necessary to construct around the premises. Posts and lumber were brought in to enclose it, today though there are no remnants of it. Many different events were held here such as Sunday School meetings, Prohibition meetings, ice cream socials & pie suppers, etc. A tradition that occurred during the early years of the school were end of year activities. After a successful school term Pleasant Valley and often times Rose, Harmony, and West Buffalo schools would attend a picnic and field sports. Sack races, basketball and baseball tournaments were held with even teachers participating.

Like many other small country schools after its last classes in 1952, it was used as the 3-N-1 4H Club. It was used as a meeting place for the 4-H Club up until around 2015 Mark Pringle estimates. Due to most of the members living in town, it was decided that the one-room schoolhouse would be locked up and the members would meet at a more convenient location in town.




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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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Les Vandever
Les Vandever
9 months ago

Beautiful old school. We ran across it this afternoon.

Bernie L Wade
11 months ago

simply amazing. This is a very historic building. This was the site of Charles Fox Parham’s first revival.

Sandra Myrick
Sandra Myrick
Reply to  Bernie L Wade
9 months ago

Really….so interesting! I wonder why I never heard the story about Parham and his revival in this location before??

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