Ages School — Ages-Brookside, Kentucky

Ages Elementary School is a former school located in the Ages Community of Harlan County, Kentucky located off of Kentucky State Route 38 between the cities of Harlan and Evarts.

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The building is built of beautiful cut stone construction typical of many of the early 20th century buildings in this part of the world.  I cant pinpoint a construction date, but by the architectural details and cues I would guess late 1920s to early 1930s would be a good estimate of the opening date for this school.

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The school was last used in the early part of the 2000’s by KCEOC as a headstart and preschool location.

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The building suffered some flooring and roof problems and those classes were moved to nearby Verda Elementary after Verda closed in 2001.

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Im not completely sure when this school was last used as an elementary school.  My guess would be early 80s to late 70s.

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Downstairs the boiler room was left wide open and easily accessed.

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The basic structural integrity of the building is still in tact as the exterior walls are still standing firm and the roof is fully intact.

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The floors have now been removed from every single room that I could see in.

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and there are a few holes in the interior walls exposing the old type construction this building utilized.

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as you can see almost every window in this building has been busted out.  These windows coincidentally appear to be the same size and type that was used at Hall High School / Hall Elementary and that building was completed in 1929.

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Another classroom sans the floor.

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You have to love the nice graffiti that some idiot felt appropriate to tag the walls with.

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Stay away.  Haha.

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At least the front doors are secure and locked now.

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A community park now sits adjacent to the school on part of the school property.

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As always, if anyone has any more information on this school or its history please comment or send me a message.  I would love to hear any input!

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Brookside, Kentucky

brookside1A couple of days ago I posted a picture of the old Ages-Brookside post office in Harlan County.  Tonight I am posting some pictures more relevant to the Brookside portion of that community.

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The old Manalapan Mining Company Building is located next to the former Ages-Brookside post office.

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I have read that once upon a time the yellow building in the background was some kind of salloon / bar.

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Looking back toward Brookside from Ages Bottom.

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Ages-Brookside, Kentucky 40801

In a time when post offices are closing all across America, the Ages-Brookside post office story is a bit different.  Brookside and Ages are two separate communities in Harlan County on KY 38 between Harlan and Evarts.  The two communities are separated by a small creek.  I can remember reading somewhere at one time, when the Ages and Brookside post offices were separate that they were the two closest post offices in the United States.   Some time back, (one source says 1975)  the Ages and Brookside post offices were combined and formed Ages-Brookside.   The postal services were completed in this building until early 2014 when a leasing dispute with the postal service and the building owner forced the post office to close.  Recently a village post office for Ages-Brookside has opened in a local farm store down the road from this location.  DSCN0547