Lovely shot, Rich! What a beautiful setting in which to learn, though I'm not so sure about the tipsy toilet ...
Greetings Marilyn, Thanks for visiting the school house and commenting. Leadville is at 10,000 feet, has very cold winters with lots of snow and is surrounded by 14,000 foot peaks. It is a very beautiful location. The town is left over from silver mining and molybdenum mining and does a huge tourist business in the summer. Around the 1800's it probably was a tough life for all but the mine owners, but the kids probably had fun in school while going here. You are right. Looks like the out house is settling uncomfortably.
So beautifull, so isolated...
Rich, is the tower for the teacher lookign for the pupils, if they are coming late? :)
Hello Rich, I also like this old school house. Could be a scene from a Western movie. Good to know that it's being well-maintained. Maybe it'll be a small museum one day showing relics from the first settlers who came to the area and their hard life! Greetings, Anne
Greetings Anne, There are so many historic sites up in the mountains and small towns. Some fall into disrepair and fade away. This old school house seems to have a good lease on life so far. Perhaps it will become a museum. If it is lucky, someone will buy it, pick it up and move it back into town and turn it into something that will please the tourists out of their money. Hopefully such a fate waits.
Hello Rich, it looks more like a church. Wonderful light!
Greetings Alfred and Kerstin, Thanks so much for visiting the little red school house and commenting.
Alfred, It does look a little like a church doesn't it. The kid down at the service station said it was an old school. Hmmmmm....now I wonder. But a red church? Maybe those old miners had a sense of humor about such things.
Kerstin, Dual purpose, school during the week and church on the weekend. That makes sense too. I bet the kids got really tired of that building, 6 days a week. Ughh.
Thanks again for visiting. It really is a neat old structure. I hope it gets reused someday.
thats a lovely photo rich, and the information on it and life in the 18th century is fascinating,it must be a harsh existance at that altitude,i like photos of buildings in a solitudestate, it reminds me of one photo i took up MT.TIEDE in tenerife in march, it was an old church. i think the altitude was about 2000 metres, nothing compared to this though!
Greetings Steandeb, Thanks for visiting the little red school house and commenting. The spring, summer and fall had to be fantastic up in the hills. The winters had to be terrible, especially for the miners. Leadville is kind of an interesting place. Where most mining towns came and went, Leadville survived. The town fathers and well to do silver lords built an opera house and banks and hotels, all out of brick, in the Victorian motif. It must have been an amazing place in the silver boom, competing with the likes of Denver. Anyway, glad you like the remnants of those days.
Thank you for this photo and all the information! The school looks very pretty and since there is a chimney it can even be heated, which makes it seem to be comfortable. Maybe the kids had to bring the wood for the stove. Beautiful photo, Rich!
Greetings May, Thanks for visiting the school house and commenting. I bet you are right. Some of the children probably had to bring wood or coal for the fire to warm the school during the frigid winters up there. What a different way of life from what most of us have now. Thanks again.
Yes, Rich, it is indeed a different way of life in our societies, though most of the human beings around the world still have a very hard life.
Most of us feel a nostalgie towards a simpler lifestyle, since we see only the romantic side of it. Heidi, the famous book from the Swiss author Johanna Spyri, has been translated into 50 languages and is one of the best known stories of Alpine life in the 19th. century. There is a free English translation of the whole story Heidi as an online edition.
A friend from the USA visited me and she wanted so much to see the whereabouts of the background of the story. So I showed her the places. There were hundreds of tourists from USA, Japan and European countries, who just loved to see the primitive cabin with the wax figures of Grandpa, Heidi and Peter sitting round the table.
But life was hard and painful those days 120 years ago and romantic only from our perspective. I wouldn't mind though to live there during Summer for about three months, if I had a good bed, enough food, enough cut wood for the stove to cook my meals, a Bernese mountain dog, some good books, a mobile, just in case, an easy to milk goat or cow, my camera and my computer, some nice people passing by from time to time, providing me with all the convenient things, I forgot… ;))
Yes, May, how true! how true! The picturesque life, as suggested by Rich's lovely picture, would only be great under certain conditions ...
Greetings Marilyn and May, Thanks so much for coming back to the school house. It is interesting how we zoom by at 60 miles per hour, see something on the side of the road, slam on the brakes, go back and check it out and think "How neat would that be". We don't think about what the conditions would be like on the opposite side of the calendar, or what you had to do after school, or what mom and dad did for work and how many hours they had to put in. It must have been a simpler time, to our way of thinking. All you needed was wood for the fire for cooking and heating. But the more people who showed up, the further away the wood supply got to be. And running water? What a luxury to have the pump inside the house. Yes, things have changed. It seems like it would be nice to drop back to a simpler era, but as May said, there are all those conveniences we would want and miss. Thanks for visiting, all.
It(He,She) looks like greatly the churches and chapels of the south of chili ... for example of chiloe .. I am charmed with your photographies and now your photos estan included in my favorites ... regards
Greetings Camarov, Thanks for visiting the school house in Leadville. It stands alone by the side of the road and is no longer in use. I like it when ever I get to see it. It is very old.
Hi Rich, this is a lovely little school house - Laura Ingalls Wilder came in to my mind when I saw this. I am glad it is preserved and maintained so well. I really hope its term lasts for a long time for the future generation to see and enjoy. Regards, susan
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