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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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

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

Shields High School Gym — Seymour, Indiana

P1000065 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. P1000066
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.
P1000061 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. P1000058
The buildings remained in service to the community in this function until 1981 when the new Seymour Middle School opened.
P1000057 The main part of the Sheilds High School was demolished in 1998. P1000062
The gymnasium remains standing on 6th Street to this very day.
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Gem Theatre — Cairo, Illinois

Cairo, Illinois (March 2017) 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.
Cairo, Illinois (March 2017) 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.

Cairo, Illinois (2012)
The Gem Theatre as seen in March 2012

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.

Cairo, Illinois (March 2017)
The Gem Theatre and the giant tree that is breaking through the side wall (March 2017)

Mounds Township High School — Pulaski County, Illinois

Former Mounds Township High School

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.
Former Mounds Township High School Mounds Township High School was built sometime in the 1920s. It was one of 4 high schools that served this area of Pulaski County. Former Mounds Township High School
The school’s mascot was the Railroaders and the school’s colors were Purple, Gold and White.
Former Mounds Township High School
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.

Abandoned Asheville Highway Hotel

Abandoned Hotel -- Knoxville, Tennessee This building had caught my eye the last time I was in this neighborhood over a year ago.  It is located at 4620 Asheville Highway (US11E) in Knoxville, Tennessee Abandoned Hotel -- Knoxville, Tennessee
I went back and decided to hop out and grab some pictures as it appears they are prepping the building for demolition.
Abandoned Hotel -- Knoxville, Tennessee Apparently the church located behind this former hotel has bought the grounds. Enjoy. Abandoned Hotel -- Knoxville, Tennessee

Abandoned Hotel -- Knoxville, Tennessee Abandoned Hotel -- Knoxville, Tennessee