Dad and I have traveled many times down to the SE corner of Minnesota,
the area where he grew up on his parents farm, but never had I seen this little gem ....
My dad sprung this one on me, it was almost an afterthought on his part.
A little brick school building on the corner of Otterness road and Co 19,
between Blackhammer and Spring Grove.
As we were driving along dad pointed out his passenger window and said,
"that's the school that your grandma and her sister attended for a few years" when they were little girls.
I quickly applied the brakes and made a U-turn in the middle of Co. 19.
Are you kidding me, dad....
The loosely secured fence was easy to enter through, and there was not a
"no trespassing" sign anywhere! There was no holding me back.
BEST PART EVER.... The front door was UNLOCKED.....SCORE!!!
I think I squealed with delight,
I live to enter the unlocked doors of old churches, schools, barns and abandon houses.
I can hardly stand the anticipation of what lies inside.
As we entered we saw this straight-up staircase to the attic.
With a knee that's still heeling, I opted-out of climbing up to explore.
It was surreal to enter the little brick school house that my Grandma Blanche and
Great Aunt Ester attended as little girls.
The room was filled with old furniture
The old chalk boards were filled with someones writitngs,
probably from others, like dad and, I who dared venture in to explore.
the wood burning stove still stands.
I'm guessing they didn't have TV's like this one back in those days.
Dad replaced the old board that went between the handles of the two doors.
Dad says," it's important to leave things how you found it".
This outside door led to the basement.
The stairs were a little scary so we didn't dare go down, but peeked in the windows.
It housed utilities, and looked like an area for more storage.
As we were leaving a farmer was passing by on his tractor, he pulled over to investigate
these two city folk wondering on his uncles property. Dad explained that he grew up on a farm nearby, so we were checking out this old school building that his mama once attended.
He didn't seem to mind that we were there...
just wanted to make sure we secured the gate as we left.... and we had!