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 Post subject: Old schools in Osage and Pawnee Counties
PostPosted: Fri Jan 21st, 2011 am31 1:02 am 
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I've acquired some old maps that show the location of the country schools in Osage and Pawnee counties, or some approximation thereof. When I get some spare time and the weather cooperates, I go "Indiana Jonesing" to try and find them, or what's left, if anything. If anyone has any old pictures of these schools, I would love a scan of them. It seems there is little or no history of these schools, other than some snippets in old news papers. I'd have to say my county has done an abysmal job of preserving it's history.

Anyway, on to the pictures.


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File comment: This is the "new" Osage school built when the original wood building burned. Osage City was a small community of about 50 people just north of Skedee. The community faded when bypassed by the railroad. Officially called Osage City, it was shortened to just Osage. The gentleman who stopped to talk to me said his grandfather had gone to the school and had actually been the one sent for help when the original school caught on fire, on his horse. Nobody seems to have any information of the exact dates the school was in operation, but it was obvious they intended for it not to burn again.
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File comment: View of the school from the north side. Per one of the locals, there was a stable located just north for the childrens horses.
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File comment: View from the south side. The obligatory cellar is buried in the weeds and rubble.
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File comment: Interior view. You can see where the chalk board had been mounted.
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File comment: Osage City school Entrance.
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File comment: The Grayhorse school located just north of the old Grayhorse community, was built by WPA in 1939 using local native sandstone. This beautiful building was closed as a school in 1962. The school was primarily to serve the local American Indian community in and around Grayhorse. The Architect was the same one who built the Skeedee School in 1924, A.J. Love and Co.
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File comment: The covered east entrance of the school. You could access either the school or gym directly from here.
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File comment: View of a classroom. The old chalk board is still there.
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File comment: The west entrance at the end of the hall. The remains of an old hand pump are in the bushes.
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File comment: View of the Grayhorse school from the playground. Most of the equipment is still there.
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File comment: Inside hallway shot from the East entrance.
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File comment: The attached gymnasium slash auditorium. The old basketball goals are still there. The stage was on the south end.
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File comment: Remains of the Fairview school near the community of Mashum off hwy 18 Between Ralston and Pawnee. All that reamains of Mashum is a church and cemetery. The school was originall across the road from the church. All that remains of some of these schools is the old cellar.
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File comment: Remains of the Fairview school
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File comment: There where four schools called Enterprise, labled North, South, Middle, and West. This is North Enterprise. It was converted into a home and used for several years until it burned in the 1970s.
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File comment: Enterprise North School located off highway 20 about 1/2 way between Ralston and Hominy.
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File comment: Enterprise North School located off highway 20 about 1/2 way between Ralston and Hominy.
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File comment: Enterprise North School located off highway 20 about 1/2 way between Ralston and Hominy.
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 Post subject: Re: Old schools in Osage and Pawnee Counties
PostPosted: Fri Jan 21st, 2011 am31 2:16 am 
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Very nice shots. I really like the shot of the gym/auditorium. Also, nice find.

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Very Nice work Mr.dwtaylor

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Yes! Great work! I've been by that Greyhorse school before, but didnt have the chance to check it out :/

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 Post subject: Re: Old schools in Osage and Pawnee Counties
PostPosted: Sun Jan 23rd, 2011 am31 1:03 am 
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This was a Pawnee Indian Grade school, located a couple of miles north of Pawnee. I tracked it down from a map hoping something had survived as an old photo showed it was stone construction. Unfortunately, only a bit of the foundation was all that remained.


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This is all so interesting. I love old schools.... Thanks for sharing!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25th, 2011 am31 1:23 am 
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Hey dw, where did you find your maps?

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 Post subject: Re: Old schools in Osage and Pawnee Counties
PostPosted: Tue Jan 25th, 2011 am31 1:55 am 
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A couple where given to me. I also found some great scans that OSU recently made available. Link is here.

http://luna.library.okstate.edu:8180/lu ... age+school

It can be a bit tricky using the search, and the maps are not downloadable as a whole. If your handy with a screen capture and cut/paste you can recreate them. Some of them are very large scans. They contain some great info though and well worth any trouble if your trying to find someting historical. I've only been looking for stuff semi close to me, and I'm not even sure what all they have in there, but on line collection seems to be growing.

Some of the stuff doesn't make much sense by modern standards. For example, most of Pawnee county is listed as the SKEDEE QUADRANGLE in 1910, but it seems a search for both Skedee or Pawnee will bring it up.

Note the telephone number for the abstract company on the second map. 22. Even I could remember that.


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File comment: A copypasta of the Skedee quadrangle. Publish date is 1930 but the survey was in 1928/1929
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File comment: This is a scan of a map I have from circa 1921. Came as part of an old abstract. The company shown is still in business.
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awesome pictures!! schools are my favorite and such an awesome finds too!


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I've located a few more off my list, or at least verified nothing remains.

First up is the Belford school. I haven't been able to determine the exact date the school was built, but I know it was still active as late as December of 1948. The bridge crossing the Arkansas nearby is still called the Belford bridge. It was a "graded" school, which was typically 1st through 8th grade.

This is all that remains of the school.


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The Pleasant View shool was a bust. I anticipated finding something as from the old photo it appears to have been stone construction. However, it appears the road was rerouted and essentially passed right through the school location.


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This is the remnants of the old Woodland school in Osage county and is located in the Sunny Slope area. Its just a few miles wst of the Middle Enterprise school.
When Fairfax and Ralston consolidated their school districts several years back, this was the namesake that was selected for the new district.

Built of stone and brick, it still hasn't stood the test of time. It appears to have been partially built into the hillside, with a well/cistern at the rear, with stone for the main structure and brick pillars in the front.

It's located some distance from the existing road, which seems unusual, but the road may well have changed its course through the years.

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This is the old Silver Creek school, located between Hallet and Maramec. Originally a wooden structure, it was replaced with a substantial stone building. The layout included several outbuildings, and a windmill with a concrete trough. The old school bus was a surprise. It was common for many of these old schools to be used as homes after they where deactivated, and the windmill and out buildings may have been added later.

I was able to find one picture of the original wooden school, but nothing yet on the newer stone structure.

The school sits atop a small hill next to the highway on the east side.
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The entrance and side have a large concrete area wrapping the building and where almost certainly either covered or encased in wood.

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This was the main entrance.
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I have no idea what these steps where for. Outhouse maybe?
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The windmill and trough.
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The old school bus.
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Notice the seats folded down from the side and where placed back up when not in use.
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Some rather ornate lighting.
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Interesting discoloration on the old glass.
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The original wooden structure.
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This is the old Lone Jack school originally found by eniloracesor. The school is located on a rural dirt road west of Pawnee. Built in 1927, the school was active until the 1950s. (edit: Actually found out Lone Jack was in operation until 1968, when it was forcibly closed by the state. There were a bunch of these small schools closed in 1968 as a consolidation and cost saving measure.)

As eniloracesor said, there was definate evidence that it burned, leaving only the shell. It had a full basement underneath the main school. It appears the entry was via the cellar door, but there may have been wooden stair access which was destroyed in the fire.

The entrance faces south, with the play ground to the west and the outhouse's to the east. These where a his and hers setup, widely seperated, with concrete sidewalks to both. A well was between the two. I found a couple of old photographs of the school, one from the 30''s and the other from 1945.

View from the west side. The large windows in the west seems to have been a fairly common design on these schools.
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View from the east side where the well was located.
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Parts of the original plaque remain.
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The entrance.
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The basement entrance.
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The interior.
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Hidey hole for tornadoes?
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Fire evidence.
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Remnants from the playground.
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Not sure what was here.
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View from the jakes.
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Old photos of the school. Notice the teeter totters to the left in the first picture taken in the 1930s.
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Lone Jack school in 1945.
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I can't even tell you how excited I was when I found this post! I posted my find probably 8 months ago and I stopped posting for a while so I hadn't even seen that someone knew the name of the school, much less had old pictures! I am so impressed with your finds and the thoroughness of your research. Tomorrow I am heading out on a little exploring adventure, and I was planning on heading up by Bartlesville (I live in Enid), but all of your posts have convinced me to stay around this area, with all those ghost towns and super neat finds in Ralston. I can't wait to see some of it for myself and I commend your efforts! Thanks for everything!


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Good thing you did stick around that area. I tell you from experience & as a resident there is nothing in Bartlesville.

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Thought I would update this post. Most of these additions are little more than rubble, but I still tracked them down for sentimental purposes. These old schools were very important to their communities and it's a shame if they were completely forgotten.

First up is Blue Valley school. Located west of Pawnee. the school opened in the 1900s and closed in 1944, consolidating with nearby Lone Jack school. An old photo of the school in 1913 and the remains.

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This is the Braden school in Osage County. Built in 1907, it was closed by state mandate in 1968, however the local residents kept it repaired for use as a community center.

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This is the Daisy school, built in 1897 it was closed and consolidated with Blackburn in 1950. It is located on private property and has been converted to a small home. It was for rent the day I took these shots.

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This is the Diamond-Laird School, also called Diamond Wolf and just the Diamond School. The nearby Wolf school was consolidated with Diamond in 1910. Laird was consolidated with it in 1948. Diamond was closed by state mandate in 1968. Nothing remains of the old Wolf or Laird schools. The old photo shows the school and seperate cafeteria. The cafeteria still stands.

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The Duff school, closed in 1948 and consolidated with Pawnee. The old photo was taken on the last day the school was open. The wild roses planted at the school still thrive and cover most of fence line where the old school stood.

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This is the East Bend school, named for the East Bend ferry crossing on the Arkansas river that was nearby. Located east of Blackburn, the school was consolidated with Blackburn in 1948. I have as yet been unable to find any old photographs of the school, which was constructed of native stone.

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The Lone Chimney WPA school built in 1940. It was short lived as it was closed and consolidated with Pawnee in 1954. The school is now used as a church.

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Lone Star was closed in 1947 and consolidated with Lone Jack. As with many of these old school, it mysteriously burned.

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Not even rubble remained of the old Masham school which was closed in 1954 and consolidated with nearby Victor. The land had been cleared and dozed.

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Oak Grove appeared to have died a natural death from simple decay. The second old photo was taken in 1946, two years before the school was closed.

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This was the Peters School. Build by the WPA in 1939, it was unique as a WPA school in that it included a basement. I can remember in my youth when this school was intact and used for hay storage. The hay caught fire and took the old school with it.

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This is the old Prosperity School, closed in 1959 and consolidated with Pawnee. It was converted to a home, which is still used today.

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This was the mysterious school number 17, at least that's how is was labled. It only showed up on one of my old maps and the Pawnee historical society had no record it had existed. It did.

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This was the Star A Star school. Don't ask me where the name came from. The school closed in 1955 and consolidated with Pawnee. The old celler was half full of water as was home to a couple of large bull frogs.

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I had to find this school, just because of its name. Toad holler, also called Frog Holler, Dog Center, and Blue Bell. I have no idea whey the school had such an identity crisis. The teacher looks to be the same one from Oak Grove.

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The Fairview school in Pawnee county, closed in 1947.

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The Victor school survived until 1960. The building was sold at a public auction.

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Named for a nearby creek and small community west of Fairfax, this was one of two Doga schools. The first was middle Doga and the second was North Doga.

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This was the Gaylor school in Osage county. It had been a larger school, at least at large as the Braden School.

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Fairview School 1926 by SparklePaws

This is a picture of Fairview School District No. 7 taken in 1926. The school was southwest of Grainola and shows on the Foraker Quadrangle maps that are posted. The school was annexed to Osage County District No. 6 in March 1938. My Dad lived in Grainola for a short time and attended this school (little kid on the far left, second row, who looks like he's going to cry.)

I was recently in OK and tried to find remnants of the structure, but really wasn't sure where I was looking.

Is anyone familiar with this schoolhouse? If anyone is in the area, I'd be thrilled if you could check it out!

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This is a picture of Fairview School District No. 7 taken in 1926. The school was southwest of Grainola and shows on the Foraker Quadrangle maps that are posted. The school was annexed to Osage County District No. 6 in March 1938. My Dad lived in Grainola for a short time and attended this school (little kid on the far left, second row, who looks like he's going to cry.)

I was recently in OK and tried to find remnants of the structure, but really wasn't sure where I was looking.

Is anyone familiar with this schoolhouse? If anyone is in the area, I'd be thrilled if you could check it out!



Hey Jill,

If it's on that map, it on my list, LOL, though I may die before I ever chase them all down. I'm waiting for the first freeze to kill of some of the insects, and I plan to be back out. Love the old school pic! Finding these places can be tough as many of the roads have changed paths or have disappeared completely, but that's half the challenge.
Thanks for posting!

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Thanks Don... of course, I have to live long enough for you to make the trip, too! I appreciate any information you may gather on that old Fairview School in Grainola. How I wish I'd asked my Dad more questions when he was alive.


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Well, made it up by Grainola last weekend, so thought I would see if I could find any remnants of the old Fairview school in your photo. Of course the old roads didn't completely match up anymore, but I was able to get to it from the southern direction. Osage County district 6 was Grainola. This building was WPA built and it looks like Fairview was consolidated when this was opened.

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I was happy to find a bit of the old foundation, as many of these early schools have been completely wiped clean. At least something to go with your photo to mark what once was.

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Don, thank you so much for taking the time to check out the site in Grainola. It is comforting in some way that portions of the foundation can still be located. It's the perfect final picture for my journal.


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