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Donnelly School and an Abandoned Church

Donnelly School and an Abandoned Church

Donnelly is in Stevens County, Minnesota, about 10 minutes northwest of Morris, and home to about 241 people as of the 2010 census. It was founded in December 1871, and was originally known as “Douglas”, but was renamed Donnelly in honor of Minnesota Congressman Ignatius Donnelly. Congressman Donnelly is perhaps better known for his book Atlantis: The Antediluvian World, a work which maintains Plato’s writings on Atlantis are factual. The book became the basis for many of the Atlantis legends of popular lore.

We went to Donnelly in 2012 with the intention of getting some shots of the very impressive former public school.

We’re told the owner of the school has (or had) a woodworking shop in the back of the school for a time.

The front of this school is completely overgrown.  Troy had to navigate through the bushes to get onto the front steps and take this photo.

For a town with as many people as Donnelly, we were surprised to find it still had quite a few derelict places to photograph, including this service station which looked like a place out of time.

This church had a notice of forfeiture posted on the door due to back taxes.  The notice had an expiration date of May, 2012 for the owners, a couple from Doylestown, Ohio, to pay more than $5,500 in back taxes, or forfeit the property to Stevens County. We have yet to hear how the situation turned out. Please post a comment below if you know.

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

Abandoned Art Deco School in Norcross, Minnesota

Abandoned Art Deco School in Norcross, Minnesota

Norcross is a small town in Grant county, a short drive southeast of Breckenridge, directly west of Alexandria. The sign on the outskirts of Norcross proclaims a population in the sixties.  We decided to visit Norcross after seeing a photo of the beautiful art deco public school building.

Norcross, Minnesota

We spoke to a Norcross resident who told us this school is owned by a couple from Arizona who intended to fix it up, but haven’t been seen in about two years.

Norcross, Minnesota

Norcross, Minnesota

Norcross, Minnesota

Norcross, Minnesota

Norcross, Minnesota

Norcross, Minnesota

Norcross, Minnesota

We spoke to a local man named Jerry who told us the home above was his mom’s house, and he suspected it might have been a store at one time as well. I thought it had a certain depot-type appearance too.

Norcross, Minnesota

This post office is still in use. Very picturesque.

Norcross, Minnesota

Jerry showed us some historic photos of Norcross, including this one which shows the same post office on the far left.

Norcross, Minnesota

Norcross, Minnesota

Norcross, Minnesota

Norcross, Minnesota

Norcross, Minnesota

This was the office for a lumberyard which no longer exists. Just to the left of this building there was once a large community center which is now gone too.

Norcross, Minnesota

If you build it……….. they will go?

Norcross, Minnesota

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright © 2016 Sonic Tremor Media

Timber Town: Hines, Minnesota

Timber Town: Hines, Minnesota

Just down the road from Blackduck, in Beltrami County, I found Hines, Minnesota, totally by accident. I glanced over my shoulder as I passed through a highway intersection and caught a glimpse of the weathered wood facade of the Pioneer Store, so I turned around and went back to snap a few photos.

Hines, Minnesota

Hines, Minnesota dates back to the 1890s and is named for William Hines, a lumberman. It was originally founded a short distance to the north, on the south shore of Blackduck lake, but moved to this location when the allure of the railroad and logging job opportunities offered by the old growth forest brought settlers and homesteaders to the area. The post office opened in 1904.

Hines, Minnesota

Hines, Minnesota

The sign on the door reads: Open by appointment or chance.

Hines, Minnesota

Hines, Minnesota

The sign in the window of the Studebaker asks $1000.00

Hines, Minnesota

If you enjoy photos of old buildings, abandoned places, and small, rural communities, check out our hardcover coffee table book, Churches of the High Plains.

Hines, Minnesota

I found this old service station to be very photogenic. There was once a lot more of Hines. There are detailed histories here and here where you can read a lot more, and see photos of buildings which no longer exist.

Hines, Minnesota

Photos by Troy Larson, copyright Sonic Tremor Media

Abandoned 1911 School in Louisburg, Minnesota

Abandoned 1911 School in Louisburg, Minnesota

Louisburg is a small town in Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota, about 55 miles west of Willmar, or 50 miles northeast of Watertown, South Dakota.

We visited on a Saturday afternoon and it was very quiet.  We saw two or three vehicles drive through while we were there, and there were some kids playing too, but just a little activity from what we saw.  We visited with the intention of getting photos of the historic 1911 Public School.

Louisburg, Minnesota

The Louisburg School is on the National Register of Historic Places due to its significance as one of Minnesota’s best examples of Victorian Public School Design. It was built in 1911 to replace a smaller school, and was originally intended to house two grade school classes on the main floor and two high school classes on the upper floor.

Louisburg, Minnesota

Louisburg Public School was shuttered in a consolidation wave in the 1960s and has since fallen into disrepair. The roof of this school is open to the elements and you can see through it from the right angle.  As a result, the floors are all rotted and crumbling.

Louisburg, Minnesota

Louisburg, Minnesota

A peek through the basement window.

Louisburg, Minnesota

These are the footings from the playground equipment which was removed sometime in the last few years.  There’s another blogger who photographed Louisburg when the playground equipment was still in place.  See it here.

Louisburg, Minnesota

Louisburg was platted in 1887 and a Post Office opened in 1888. It was decommissioned in 1992.

If the census records for Louisburg are accurate, this town has gone through somewhat of an influx of residents recently.  According to the 2000 census, Louisburg had 26 residents, but as of 2010, the census tallied 47.

Louisburg, Minnesota

Emmerich’s, built in 1906, was a grocery store for a time.

Louisburg, Minnesota

A peek around the back.

Louisburg, Minnesota

Louisburg, Minnesota

Louisburg, Minnesota

Louisburg, Minnesota

Louisburg, Minnesota

Louisburg, Minnesota

A sleepy Saturday in Louisburg.

Louisburg, Minnesota

Louisburg, Minnesota

Louisburg, Minnesota

The Louisburg Fire Station sometimes serves as a gathering place and/or picnic spot for the remaining residents.

Louisburg, Minnesota

This monument commemorating the Louisburg Centennial is right in front of the fire station.

Louisburg, Minnesota

Louisburg, Minnesota

Louisburg, Minnesota

The former home of the Allen family.

Louisburg, Minnesota

Louisburg, Minnesota

Louisburg, Minnesota

Homeplate on the seldom used baseball diamond.

Louisburg, Minnesota

Louisburg, Minnesota

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright © 2016 Sonic Tremor Media

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