This building served as the Rosemont Elementary on Bristol, Tennessee’s north side from 1930 until the early 1980s. The three story building was constructed in 1929 and consists of 32,640 square feet. Once this building was replaced by the local school district it was sold to the Tri Cities Christian School which operated here from 1984 until 2009.
Since 2009 the building has sporadically served as a community center. More often though, the building has been the subject of vandals. The building is currently for sale.
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. 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. The school has obviously been used as a storage building but has now fallen victim to faulty ceilings and vandalism.
I dont know if there were any windows that were still fully intact.
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. 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 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.
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. 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.
In October 2013 it was announced that Sears would close its Trotwood location. That building has been standing vacant since.
In November of 1937 construction began on a new gymnasium for the Seymour Indiana high school then known as Sheilds High School. The new gym was completed as a WPA project in 1938 and provided the high school and community with a modern, fire-proof gymnasium with a seating capacity of over 3,300.
The gymnasium continued to serve Shields High School until 1959, when the high school moved to a new campus and changed its name to Seymour High School. Upon the moving of Sheilds High School, the gym, and main school building which use to stand directly beside the gym were transformed into the new Sheilds Middle School.
The buildings remained in service to the community in this function until 1981 when the new Seymour Middle School opened. The main part of the Sheilds High School was demolished in 1998.
The gymnasium remains standing on 6th Street to this very day.
The Gem Theatre opened its doors in 1910, and seated 685.
A fire in 1934 completely gutted the theatre, and it was rebuilt two years later in Art Deco style, including a new, elegant marquee. The Gem Theatre continued to operate for nearly another half century, before it was closed in 1978. On January 26, 1979 the Cairo Historic District, including the Gem Theater was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sadly, many of the buildings included in that district have fallen to the wrecking ball in the last 5-10 years.
As you can see from the pictures above, the last 5 years has not been particularly kind to the Gem Theatre. As buildings surrounding it have fallen to the wrecking ball, a giant tree now grows out of the side, bursting through the brick wall of the Gem.
When I first started planning my trip back to Cairo I knew I wanted to travel north of the city and explore. The last, and only other time I explored Cairo it was a simple jet across the bridge, explore the town and then jet back across the bridge. I found this wonderful ruin on google earth in the nearby town of Mounds. I knew I had to visit. Mounds Township High School was built sometime in the 1920s. It was one of 4 high schools that served this area of Pulaski County.
The school’s mascot was the Railroaders and the school’s colors were Purple, Gold and White.
The school remained in operation until the end of the 1963-64 school year when Mounds-Meridian High School opened and consolidated Mounds Township with three other neighboring high schools. The Consolidated school is still in operation as simply Meridian High School. Enrollment for the 2016-17 school year is approximately 130 students.