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Bloom School

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Bloom was established in 1888. The small town sprang to life as the Rock Island Railroad pushed west. The original train depot is still located in Bloom. Bloom reached a population of a few hundred in the 1930's but gradually declined to about 40 people. The public school closed in the early 1960's as the school district merged with Minneola Kansas. The small town had a hotel, gas station, restaurant, post office, and lumber yard. Today a grain elevator is the only business. Wheat farms and ranches surround the small town.


I could not find any information on the school here. Or really any other buildings for that matter. Judging by the remains I would say this would have been a really nice building.


This was taken during day 2 of my trip to Western KS. There really is not a whole lot of things to take pictures of in this area, so I felt pretty lucky when I ran across this town on my way to Englewood. Unfortunately when importing my photos my card crapped out on me and I lost a lot of pictures from the rest of day two.

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Taken on March 12, 2010