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Govan School House - Grant County WA

School : sko͞ol : [noun] : an institution for educating children.

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Here,

in central eastern Washington’s Grant County,

a two-room wooden school house is still standing after having been closed

and abandoned for 73 years.

Govan School was at one time a very pretty building,

its shingles were red, with the lower siding in yellow,

a cloak room for boys, and one for girls,

With wood burning stoves for heat.

When I first visited 25 years ago, the front steps and double doors were there,

as were the chalk boards, wood stoves, coat hooks and shelving.

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During the 1930s, 40s and some later in the 1950s,

one and two-room rural schools were closed

and consolidated into larger school districts across the west.

 

In many places,

there were one of these rural school houses for every township,

so there were a lot of these little schools.

Some are still standing in various states of disrepair,

but most have given way to time,

weather and decay.

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I love these old schools.

I am always on the lookout for them, and

I actually have a system for searching for them using old maps.

Once in a while I find one that’s been moved to a farmstead to be used for storage.

Once in a while I find one that’s been converted to a private residence.

Most of the time, they are simply gone.

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