Flaxton, North Dakota
Taking Beans for a walk we worked our way around to the front of the brick building.
It looked as if the ruins of their school.
I could see that the double doors were ajar.
This would warrant some exploring.
I took Beans home. I don’t need to be worrying about what she might getting into.
Not to mention having to carry her through the jungle of grass and weeds in front.
I got to the doorway. I thought I could hear voices echoing inside. Are there homeless people living in here I wondered? It was dark, gloomy and very spooky. I eased my in. I saw no one. It turned out to be pigeons cooing. The wall to the right was black with mold from rain leakage.
Keep in mind it was much darker inside that these photos show.
I brightened them up as much as possible.
The place looked to be the town trash dump.
The hardwood flooring was covered with filth and greasy oil stains in places.
The place stunk with decay.
I didn’t venture up onto the stage.
I had seen and smelled enough gloominess.
I lost several photos due to the low level of light and not holding the phone steady enough.
Only one of three of the pushed back bleachers came out good enough to use.
I thought about all the games played here, the cheering and yelling. Happy times long gone.
On my way out I passed a side room with the piano.
I thought of how many times it had been wheeled out onto the floor for musical productions and plays.
This added to my sadness, a piano left to waste.
The auditorium was all that remained of the school. Where were the rest of the buildings? Perhaps the main school occupied the large grass field out in front. Maybe it once stood here and had long since been demolished.
Out by the road was this. I thought about how sad it must have been on the last day of the school year in 1986 knowing you would no longer be attending your school. You would be bussed elsewhere.
Notice the photo.
I found this online for the Flaxton high school.
I would discover the next day this was not in front of the auditorium.
See tomorrow’s post.
I also found this for Flaxton school.
Maybe this was in front before the auditorium was built?
The older building matches that in the photo on the sign.
Now this is all that stands where the school once did.
It looked little used.
The weeds were reclaiming their land.
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Thank you Debby for the mosquito comment and information. I will be posting a follow-up on the mosquito issue in a couple of days. It may contain some silliness. Ignore that.
Jackie, the mower remark is just some of that silliness I write at times.