Sadieville Elementary School — Scott County, Kentucky

Sadieville School -- Scott County, Kentucky
Since starting this blog  in 2014, I have covered nearly 80 abandoned school buildings in 9 states stretching from Eastern North Carolina to the banks of the Mississippi River in Cairo, Illinois.  Today, while researching for my newest entry covering the Sadieville School in northern Scott County, (Kentucky), I came across something I had yet to find in the reason a school was closed.  Enrollment was getting too high.  90% of the schools I have visited have been closed due to the opposite, declining enrollment.

I always thought it was rather odd that a school in the fastest growing county in the entire state would be closed and abandoned.   In 1984-85 Sadieville was home to 150 students.  By 1988 that number had jumped to 245.

The Scott County School System decided to build a larger, more modern facility to serve northern Scott County located about 5 miles south of Sadieville.   Construction was swift and by March 5, 1990, Sadieville was closed and it’s students and staff had moved to their new school, Northern Elementary.
Sadieville School -- Scott County, Kentucky Sadieville School -- Scott County, Kentucky The last 28 years have not been kind to the campus. The grounds are overgrown, the front of the building is almost covered by brush and trees that have popped up.  But considering the building is closing in on being 100 years old, its still standing and relatively structurally sound once you take out of consideration the roof and especially the gymnasium area.Sadieville School -- Scott County, Kentucky The school has obviously been used as a storage building but has now fallen victim to faulty ceilings and vandalism. Sadieville School -- Scott County, Kentucky
Sadieville School -- Scott County, Kentucky Sadieville School -- Scott County, Kentucky
I dont know if there were any windows that were still fully intact.
Sadieville School -- Scott County, Kentucky
Sadieville School -- Scott County, Kentucky Sadieville School -- Scott County, Kentucky

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Center Hill Consolidated School — Bourbon County, Kentucky

A few weeks ago someone posted pictures of this beautiful building near Paris.  I knew I had to get up there soon to see it as the roof was clearly failing or had failed in the photos.  Luckily, on my way back from a dead mall trip to Cincinnati and Columbus earlier this week I was able to locate the Center Hill Consolidated School located on Russell Cave Road in rural Bourbon County.

Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky
Center Hill Consolidated School was opened in 1924 and served to consolidate three nearby one room schools.

Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky
Until 1948 the school served students from this part of Bourbon County in grades 1-12. In the fall of 1948 Bourbon County consolidated students in grades 9-12 from Center Hill, Little Rock, Clintonville and Millersburg to form Bourbon County Vocational High School. That building is still in use today as Bourbon County Middle School.
Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky The school was expanded in 1958 to include a new cafeteria and other new spaces. Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky
According to records kept the National Center for Educational Statistics in 1967-68 Center Hill School had 246 students and 11 teachers in grades K-6.
ScreenHunter 02 I cant find a definite closing date for Center Hill. I have narrowed it down quite a bit though. The school apparently closed sometime early 90s. Someone shared these pictures taken at an auction that was held for the building and its contents after closure. Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky
I base my calculation of early 90s on the shiny Chevy Corsica in this picture.
Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky Sometime in 2016 the school suffered roof failure and has fallen into a sad state of disrepair. Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky
Upon researching for information about this school I stumbled upon a Facebook group dedicated to this school, including comments from the current owner. I really feel sorry for the current owner as it seems they really wanted to save this building. Its stunning and when you drive through that stretch of road, as an outsider, you can envision how beautiful this school was when it was in its prime.
Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky
I’ve said it so many times in this blog before, but it bares repeating…..They just don’t build them like they use to.

Big Creek Elementary — Perry County, Kentucky

Its rather odd to find three school districts who border each other have a school by the same name in all three. That was the case in Clay, Leslie and Perry County Kentucky until several years ago. I have already covered the closed Big Creek Elementary School in Leslie County in this blog. That school closed several years ago. The school covered in this entry is the Big Creek Elementary that was located in Perry County.
Big Creek Elementary School -- Hazard, Kentucky The school is located near the intersection of Kentucky 80 and Kentucky 1096 in the community of Avawam about 8 miles west of Hazard near the Perry/Leslie County line. Big Creek Elementary School -- Hazard, Kentucky
Big Creek Elementary was closed in 2014 due to declining enrollment and a planned consolidation of schools in Perry County. At the end of the 2013-14 school year Big Creek was home to 136 students in grades K-8.
Big Creek Elementary School -- Hazard, Kentucky Big Creek Elementary School -- Hazard, Kentucky

Limestone Railroad Depot — Limestone, Tennessee

Limestone Depot -- Limestone, Tennessee Can’t really find a lot of history about this building beyond the basics. Limestone Depot -- Limestone, Tennessee
The building was built sometime in the 1800s by the Southern Railroad. (later Norfolk Southern) I haven’t pinpointed an exact date, but there was a depot in Limestone before the civil war. I have found sources who claim the Limestone Depot was destroyed twice during the war.
Limestone Depot -- Limestone, Tennessee Comparing the shots I took Saturday with some that are posted on Flickr that were taken in 2013, the last 5 years have been very rough on this building and it has went down hill very fast.

The Old Cannon Memorial Hospital — Banner Elk, North Carolina

Old Cannon Hospital  -- Banner Elk, NC The old Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital is located just outside downtown Banner Elk, North Carolina. The hospital was built in 1962 and replaced Grace Hospital III, which was opened in 1932. Old Cannon Hospital  -- Banner Elk, NC
The building has been sitting vacant since 1999 when the hospital merged with a neighboring hospital in nearby Linville.
Old Cannon Hospital  -- Banner Elk, NC Old Cannon Hospital  -- Banner Elk, NC

Old Cannon Hospital  -- Banner Elk, NC The pictures including in this article thus far were all taken on July 31, 2017. The following pictures were taken in the fall of 2012. As you can see, the building has definitely had a rough five years. Old Cannon Hospital (2012) -- Banner Elk, NC
Old Cannon Hospital (2012) -- Banner Elk, NC

Former Hara Arena (1956-2016) — Trotwood, Ohio

Hara Arena was a 5,500-seat multi-purpose arena located in the Dayton, Ohio suburb of Trotwood. The facility began as a ballroom in 1956, added an arena in 1964 and eventually grew to a six-building complex.
Hara Arena -- Trotwood, Ohio Over the course of its 60 year history Hara has been home to many sports teams including the Dayton Jets basketball team and Dayton Gems (1964–1977, 1979–1980 and 2009–2012), Dayton Blue Hawks, Dayton Owls, Dayton Bombers, Dayton Ice Bandits, Dayton Demonz, and Dayton Demolition ice hockey teams and the Marshals indoor football team.  Hara Arena -- Trotwood, Ohio
The original plans did not include an ice rink, but were changed to accommodate the Dayton Gems who were looking for a home arena. By the end of its life in 2016, the complex spanned 165,000 square feet which includes the main arena, four exhibition halls, a conference center, a pub and a golf course.
Hara Arena -- Trotwood, Ohio
On July 29, 2016, it was announced that the facility would close after hosting a final event August 27, 2016 due to ongoing financial issues and a 20-year long legal fight over the unresolved estate of founder Harold Wampler. At the time of the closure announcement, the facility was said to have a $36 million annual impact to the area. The closure forced events, like the annual Dayton Hamvention, to search for an alternative venue. It also forced the Dayton Demolition ice hockey team to cease operations after only one season.
Hara Arena -- Trotwood, Ohio

All That Remains: Salem Mall, Trotwood, Ohio

Former Sears -- Salem Mall, Trotowood, Ohio

Salem Mall was the first enclosed shopping mall in the Dayton Ohio area, opening in 1966.  The mall originally was home to 60 stores and was anchored by Rike’s and Sears. In the early 1980s the mall was reworked and now had a capacity for over 100 stores.  By the mid 90s the mall was considered a dead mall A death knell came to the mall in 1998 when both Lazarus and JC Penney pulled out of the mall.
Former Sears -- Salem Mall, Trotowood, Ohio With changing demographis and a general eastward flight of new development in the Dayton area, Salem Mall eventually, battered and beaten closed its doors and on May 6, 2006 demolition on the mall began. Only the Sears building would remain standing. Former Sears -- Salem Mall, Trotowood, Ohio
In October 2013 it was announced that Sears would close its Trotwood location. That building has been standing vacant since.
Former Sears -- Salem Mall, Trotowood, Ohio