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Thursday, March 20, 2014

PRINDLE -- A LITTLE WHITE SCHOOL HOUSE


affixed school house sign


Riding along Highway 14 east of the city of Vancouver I happened on this little white school house named Prindle. Tucked into the forest it seemed warm and cozy. I could not tell if the school building was a private residence, a local historical site, or, still, an ongoing school. It definitely was not deserted as the entire grounds and building were in tip-top shape 




school

I had to use a vehicle pull-off on the highway to take a picture of the mutipaned-window facade. I stepped out of my truck -- wobbled across some slick flat rocks and finally was stopped in my tracks by large twisted brambles. 




brambles and school windows


At this point I noticed that the school had a dirt side road. I pulled my small truck out of the pull-off and swung down the road. There were a couple houses down the road. I went down about 200 feet and turned around. This brought me back to the side of the school house where I put on my flashers and took the photo below.





I noticed the school bell was still hanging near one of the entrances while an American flag flew from its pole (as seen in the top photo). Two doors indicated to me that the boys usually lined up at one and the girls the other and a posted bird feeder was between them.

The clue to its age was on the school's sign affixed in its gable -- along with the school's name, Prindle, with the date 1912. That would make the age of the school about 98 years old. 

I went home and goggled the school. All the information I could find was that is was located in Skamania County, Washington -- that is was named after a German sailor and that there was a Polish community established nearby in 1870.

Today, this is still a lovely quaint school house with I'm sure many stories.




24 comments:

  1. Always wonder about the stories too with many older structures.

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    1. One Fly -- I think that there are stories floating all over and around structures. Usually is the area has a historical society they attempt to capture some of it. Thanks for the comment -- barbara

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  2. Hmmm, I was sure it was an Amish or Mennonite school but evidently not. I like to think of the children looking out those big windows dreaming and thinking when they are supposed to be doing their times tables.

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    1. Florence -- Oh I can see them now too -- windows were where the pencil sharpener's were located at my elementary school and many times I would go up to the sharpener as I could look out while turning its handle and dream. Perhaps you did the same -- barbara

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  3. What a beautiful building! It would make a charming residence too.

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    1. Vicki -- I knew a few folks that lived in old schoolhouses. This one might even be a residence? thanks for the comment -- barbara

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  4. Is it still used? Wondering because of the satellite dish.

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    1. Michelle -- I could not tell what it use was today. The satellite dish could be there for several reasons. I know the schools that I subbed in after I retired all had televisions in their classrooms for use as teaching aids or movies for special treats. thanks -- barbara

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  5. I also wondered why there was a satellite dish attached. Is the building now an office of some kind?

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    1. Tabor -- Not sure as to its present use. Satellite dishes are used by some schools. thanks -- barbara

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  6. What a great find! That satellite dish makes me wonder if it might be someone's home now...???

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    1. turquoisemoon -- Could be someone's house now but I can't confirm that. There was no signs around the exterior of the building that gave me a clear indication of what type of use it had. If I were to guess I would still feel it was a school. thanks -- barbara

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  7. It is nice to see that such a piece of living history is well taken care of.

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    1. RunE -- It was especially well taken care of. Someone has a vested interest in it be it home owner, school district or historical society. Thanks -- barbara

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  8. Yes the satellite dish makes me think some family may live there. I seems like a charming place to turn into a home -- and that big window would be wonderful in a "great room"..

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    1. June -- Some schools, especially rural, use satellite dishes for their schoolroom televisions. Often televisions have programs that benefit children in their studies. I too was taken by the great window. thanks for your comment -- barbara

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    1. Hattie -- I especially liked the fact that the school was kept in such wonderful condition. Its quaint old architecture style reflecting a school the area could be proud of. thanks -- barbara

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  10. Once upon a time, there was a place of white...

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    1. Birdman -- Yes. you are right -- once upon a time -- thanks -- barbara

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  11. This is like school houses in India in the fifties.

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    1. Interesting. Your words make me assume there are several like this in India. -- thanks -- barbara

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  12. I felt like you were taking me into a fairy tale...sigh...love how the sweet school house got your curious mind going!

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    1. Rita -- old school houses are what I call keystone species. They shaped folks long ago and I feel we still are remnants of that -- thanks -- barbara

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