The Smallest Kmart In The World — Peru, Indiana

Continuing with my obsession with Kmart and keeping the memory alive, during my road trip through the heart of North Central Indiana, I managed to visit several Kmart stores.  The most notable of those was this location in Peru.

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Coming in at just over 28,000 square feet, this is the smallest Kmart left in operation in the entire 600 +/- store chain.   This store opened for business on September 18, 1975. There are a couple of stores in small towns, particularly in the upper midwest and mountain west that are nearly as small as this store.
Kmart -- Peru, Indiana To give you an idea as to how small this store is, the average Walmart Super Center is nearly 170,000 square feet. This store at 28,000 is basically the size of a small grocery store. Kmart -- Peru, Indiana
Kmart / Sears this week announced another round of store closings, including 49 more Kmart locations. Thankfully, this little relic wasnt included on the list and lives to fight another day.

College Grove, Tennessee

These two buildings are part of what remains of the former College Grove High School in College Grove, Tennessee. College Grove is located in middle Tennessee about 22 miles West – Southwest of Murfreesboro. The buildings photograhed in this entry were part of the College Grove Combined School. Until 1975 this school served students in grades K-12. In 1975 Page High School opened and upper grade students from College Grove were absorbed into that new school. This old building would remain in operation until 1992 when a newly constructed campus opened to serve the students of College Grove.
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The gymnasium was completed in 1961 and replaced a gym that had been constructed on the school grounds in 1924.
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The Auditorium was completed in 1957.

Maury High School — Dandridge, Tennessee

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Maury High School was located in the town of Dandridge, Tennessee in Jefferson County.

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The school was constructed in 1929.  Maury High School remained in operation until 1975 when Jefferson County consolidated their high schools to form Jefferson County High School.

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The school remained in use as a school until 1985 when a new elementary school was built to serve the Dandridge area.

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Once the school closed the building was used for storage until 1995 when the school was closed to a private owner.

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As recently as 2011 a push was made to restore the old school.  A link referencing those efforts can be found by clicking HERE.

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