A view taken yesterday of what is left of the old Coldwater one-room school house, located in northern Wright county Missouri, north of Hartville. The bell tower is leaning and the tin roof is starting to come off, so this old school probably won't last much longer. One-room rural schools are the often-forgotten legacy of Missouri's rural educational system from around the turn of the century, which provided education opportunities to children within walking distance of their homes. With the advent of the automobile and bus, schools were consolidated to nearby cities and towns, with the old buildings often being left to the ravages of time and weather. One of the identifying characteristics of these old schools are the row of windows on one side, which let light shine inside towards the chalkboard on the opposite wall. The students would have all been facing west in this little school house, with their backs to the windows. Hope you all are having a great weekend!
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