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Locust School, Decorah

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Locust School is a historic building located north of Decorah, Iowa, United States. Built in 1854, the one-room schoolhouse is composed of rubble ashlar limestone and capped with a gable roof. The lintels and window sills are also stone. A belfry with round-arch openings is located above the main entrance. The school was established just after the village of Locust was surveyed and settlement had begun. It remained in operation with all elementary grades until 1950, when it was reduced to specific grades. It was closed in 1960. The Winneshiek County Historical Society acquired the building and operates a museum in it. It was one of the first school buildings constructed in Winneshiek County. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
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  • We had a family reunion and all of us went to the visit the one room Locust Schoolhouse. I had attended large public schools when growing up, and it was fascinating to learn about how a one room...  more »
  • My father attended this school when he was a boy and his father was a blacksmith nearby. Here is a taste of nostalgia for some of the elders and a fresh look at the "school experience" for many who...  more »
  • Beautiful one room school house, having a stone wall exterior. Well kept. In use for 106 years. Tours in the summer months. 10 miles north of Decorah on Locust Road. Nice, off the beaten path stop.
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