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West View - Dot One-Room School House - Klickitat County WA

A century or older, the Dot one-room school house still stands.

Old one (or two) room school houses are a passion of mine.

I plan trips around the northwest.

I purchase Metsker Maps, pouring over them one township at a time.

Looking for locations of old school houses.

Depending on the area,

generally I have found there would be about four ,

one-room school houses per township.

A township of 36 sections, each one square mile.

So children were only a few miles from school,

which could be walked or a horse could be ridden.

Most of the time I find one in 10 or 15 that are noted on the map.

It is a lot of driving and looking.

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My mom born in 1911,

walked to school most of the time,

occasionally she rode a horse to school with her brothers and sisters,

they were six miles from school.

In rural Montana,

in the Madison Valley near Harrison,

my mom grew up on a 640 acre homestead.

during the bitterly cold winters,

they often stayed home.

She only completed the sixth grade,

and got her diploma when she was fifty-three.

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My dad born in 1914, walked to school with his brothers and sister,

they were about five miles from their one-room school house,

in Wolback, Nebraska.

Again, bitterly cold winters,

kept them from school,

as did farm work in the nice weather,

he completed the sixth grade,

but accomplished as much as many college graduates.

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What about you, do you have family members who attended school

in a one-room school house,

much like Dot School,

in Dot, WA.

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I’m posting early this morning,

at 05:30 I clock in to transport one of our high school’s wresting teams

to another district high school for a meet.

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