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Skeen School - Old One Room School in the Palouse

School’s Out Forever.:   :   :

There will never be the sound of children’s laughter, nor the squeak of caulk on a blackboard at this old one-room school house again.

Along Fugate Road a mile or so west of Highway 27 in the Palouse region of southeastern Washington State, sitting askew is what remains of Skeen School.

It is at the edge of a wheat field, it once saw reading, writing and arithmetic, children’s voices and laughter,

but now just baling wire, unused farm implements, quiet and a few field mice.

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At one time, the school house had a bell tower near the front of the building,

but it has been gone for a number of years.

Judging by the distinct eastward lean, it won’t be too many more years and heavy snows before the school will collapse.

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I’ve been traveling around the northwest for quite a few years photographing old one

(and two) room schools and pioneer churches, they are a passion of mine.

I love the history surrounding them.

If you know of any old schools/churches in the northwest, drop me an email

I’d love to find some that I am not familiar with.

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What subject draws you again and again?

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