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Stone School of Noel

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Built: 1894 | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Billy Wade

Traveling along a bendy highway, lucious trees on one side, a wide river on the other. As you pass by a small opening in the foliage to reveal atop a grassy hill a lone stone building. The roof has buckled under the weight of time and just above the doorframe ‘1894’ is etched as a permanent feature.

I as the writer have researched and written about hundreds of buildings and a great deal of them being small one room schoolhouses. Writing for the Abandoned Oklahoma and Kansas sites, an area known for its massive limestone deposits, most of the small schools I have written about have been made of limestone. Although this one appears to be constructed of a different stone native to the area. It depicts a construction method very period for the late 1800s.

When looking through archives not much is readily available on Stone School in McDonald County Missouri. No details of the construction or its students but a surprisingly good amount of historic pictures. Just near the Cowskin River it offered a beautiful spot for families and students to enjoy the diverse scenery of the area. Also doubling as an events space with frequent pie suppers, a few speeches from the Noel Fruit Growers’ Assoc., funerals and more.

All Historic Images Credit to: McDonald County History











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Emily Cowan

Emily is a two-time published author of "Abandoned Oklahoma: Vanishing History of the Sooner State" and "Abandoned Topeka: Psychiatric Capital of the World". With over two hundred published articles on our websites. Exploring since 2018 every aspect of this has become a passion for her. From educating, fighting to preserve, writing, and learning about history there is nothing she would rather do.

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