A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Inside Alkabo School

 Alkabo, North Dakota

I opened the door and could not believe what I was seeing.  Oh my goodness!  And to think I almost blew off making the short detour to Alkabo after leaving Ambrose.

This was in a glass case along with some trophies and other school mementos.
It is very informative and definitely worth reading.

After passing through so many towns where their school no longer stands, many without a trace of their existence, or some in ruins (Flaxton) others uprooted and relocated to museum grounds (Oberlin, KS) here tiny little Alkabo with just a handful of residents have saved and preserved their school.
A truly remarkable achievement.

I remember drinking fountains like this from my elementary school, this is back in the 1950’s.

So if you read the history you know this is part of the rebuild in 1933.
The outhouse little Johnny used was the toilet before that time.
To think of all the kids that used this...

...and none of it was damaged or vandalized.  Kids today...well...

...I’ll say no more.

From the landing where we first stepped in the hallway branched off to each side past the two bathrooms and to the classrooms.  A stairwell led down to the auditorium/gymnasium. 

It was a small stage but large enough for the student body that went to the school.
What kind of performances do you think took place there?

On the stage looking out.

Back up the other set of stairs brought me to what in my day would be called the cafeteria.  
You think maybe moms volunteered in the kitchen to serve kids hot lunches?  

Undoubtedly this is still used to some extent for Kim said they hold town potlucks occasionally. 

The children would sit at these long tables to eat and the room could also serve as a classroom.

Tomorrow we will visit the classrooms.

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Alkabo is a combination of alkali and gumbo, the two types of soil in the area.  That photo of the road coming into town pretty much must be it.  Strange stuff, very dusty.


Beans wandered over to the playground during one of our walks.  We climbed to the top of the slide but the transition from ladder to sitting on the slide was too precarious while holding a cat.  
We went back down the ladder.


Shammickite said...

Totally amazingly marvellous that this tiny community is taking such wonderful care of the school. What a surprise!

Kathe said...

This is AMAZING! These folks are like the ones in the family you give the antiques to. Those that appreciate and understand.
Beans is probably wondering if Dad is going through his second childhood. Better keep an eye on him until he settles down.

Debby said...

THIS IS SO WONDERFUL! What a great community! I love civic pride! You know what struck me, first thing? The black cardboard encircling the room with the alphabet on it. I remember that, and the Palmer handwriting workbooks, and the fact that I was a south paw with beautiful penmanship but no slant to my letters. My teachers tried in vain to teach me how to turn the workbook sideways to get the slant. I never saw the point in it. My father went to the same school 20 years earlier. He was also a southpaw. He was not allowed to write with his left hand at all. It was against the rules.

Have I mentioned that I love this series? I'm so glad you're taking us along.

Ellen D. said...

Well the info about the school is wonderful. It gives so much of the history of the area and explains about them taking care of the school. People must come back to visit as the chalkboard seems filled with messages from past students and visitors.
I wonder if the resident Kim is in one of those school pictures.
I am glad the school was open and you are able to give us a tour. I am glad it is in good shape and taken care of.

Barbara R. said...

What a wonderful visit to a great memorial of public schools in America! Those walls heard many kids laughter, yelps, and secrets. I'm very pleased that community is continuing to care for the building, and welcoming visitors. It's probably the only bit of civic pride that's left.

Robin said...

It is incredible that places like this still exist. The school has been closed for nearly 60 years and it still is in fantastic shape.
Thanks so much for sharing this!

Billy Blue Eyes said...

Wow that was entertaining, I have never seen a school preserved as a museum and the fact the place is still cared for like that. Over here the school is sold off and converted to a house or in the case of my local one community

Upriverdavid said...

I wonder how the folks pictured lives turned out.
In my case, I think you are 4 months older than me. I've found some of the kids in my High Schools, yes two, turned out quite different than what one would expect.
Good or not, who knew what the future would hold for us?..eh?
At least we are still alive and having fun! RIDE-ON!