The Former Beckham Bates Elementary School In Letcher County, Kentucky

Beckham Bates Elementary School located along state route 7 in the Colson community of Letcher County just north of Whitesburg first opened its doors to students in 1961.

Beckham Bates Elementary School

On December 21, 2011 the Letcher County Board of Education voted to close the school as the enrollment had fallen to under 200.


Finally in May of 2012 on the last day of school, Beckham Bates Elementary School closed its doors to students after 51 years of service to the community.


Today the school is home to Appalachian Service Project where volunteers board during their stay in the mountains.


It is also home to the Colson Head Start center.  Where pre-K classes are held.


The usage of the building might change, but in the driveway the sign with the name Beckham Bates lives on.


As well as on the right side of the building near the main entrance.


Former Millard-Hensley Elementary School — Salyersville, Kentucky


The Millard-Hensley Elementary School building is located on US460 near the Licking River just north of the town of Salyersville in Magoffin County, Kentucky.

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The school closed it’s doors in 2009 after the new Magoffin North and Magoffin South Elementary Schools were completed.  At this time, five elementary schools were consolidated in to two.


If I were guessing I would say this school was built in the 1960s or 1970s.  It has the typical flat roof of that era and the elongated windows from floor to ceiling.  The school seems to be in very good shape, and the grounds are secure.  The public doesn’t even have access to the parking lot as it is roped off.


Apparently times were great at one point for this school and the enrollment was so large that mobile units were needed.


The main entrance.


school4Oh yeah, the building is for lease, if you are interested.


I’m glad to see that so far, six years after its closure the building is holding up and hasnt fallen victim to vandals like so many others I have came across have.