Harjo Consolidated District No.5

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City/Town: Harjo
Location Class: School
Year Built: 1930
Year Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Jennifer BurtonLeslie Flaming

Consolidated District No 5 is located in a small abandoned town in Pottawatomie county known as Harjo. Harjo was an unincorporated community and had a post office established June 24, 1921. Mail service was discontinued on August 31, 1954.

Little is known about the history of the school. It was built in 1930 along with a residential house for the acting principal of the school. It sets on 5 hill top acres and includes the small house for the principal, a rock building used as the cafeteria that is still mostly intact, a storm shelter and an 8 classroom school with an auditorium and stage. There is an additional building that housed the restrooms and it is in disrepair. Also, there are the ruins of an old gymnasium that collapsed in on itself over a year ago. It is no longer, nor has it been for a long time, an Entertainment Center Spot, where athletes joined to play each other.

Recently the property was purchased with the hopes of restoring the buildings and using the property as a school for handicapped children. Unfortunately the funding to do so became unavailable and the future of the school is unknown.

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5 years ago

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5 years ago

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Beverly Diamonds
5 years ago

Well this was a really nice thing of you to do. Uploading so much of pictures did make things much more easier than ever. And is much more better than long never ending speeches. I hope to see a lot of changes happen in this short while.

Documentary Films
5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

poonam
5 years ago

The information must be provide here is very useful. the harjo school is great story.
thank you for sharing with us. i am waiting for same type of post in future.

Susan (Momsen) Aniol
Susan (Momsen) Aniol
6 years ago

Thank you for taking all of the pictures of Harjo School. I went to school there from 1966-1967. I was in the 8th grade and gradutated from 8th grade there in the auditorium. The school inside does look a lot different., even the auditorium. I have an old picture of when I gradutated. There were extending steps across the front of the stage. They are like the ones in front of the doors except way longer. Also, the seating was metal chairs not the theater seats as shown. I really enjoyed going there. I was the queen of 8th grade… Read more »

Luther T. Gravitt
Luther T. Gravitt
7 years ago

Hello, My aunt was a taecher at Harjo school when she first started teaching and she lived one mile north od Dora hill, Dora hill is where the old Dora school was located in which my mother had her first teaching job.

Thanks, Luther.

Larry M
Larry M
7 years ago

Wow nothing like I remember. I went to church camp there in the late 70"s. Played a lot of basketball in that old gym. We would always sleep in the small building next to the main building. Remembered water had to be brought in. Sad to see it in such a mess.

keith stinnett
keith stinnett
8 years ago

harjo school, was owned by paul and maxine martin, until a couple of years ago, maxine passed away,and paul had to go back to texas where his son could take care of him. the couple purchased the property for church work , i knew them fairly well, and always appreciated the work done for the community. skwges@mbo.net^_^

Zeta Tyslewicz
8 years ago

Very neat blog article.Really thank you! Much obliged.

Susie Cook
Susie Cook
8 years ago

My dad and all of his brothers attended Harjo school back in the 30s. They lived out by the Old Rock Church on Fairview Road, between 3W and 9A._

Brett McClelland
Brett McClelland
9 years ago

i head a paranormal investigating team in central oklahoma we are very proffesional in the way we work and would love to investigate harjo one night if any one could help with info that would be great! ive also been trying to join the site but it wont let me i had a name once before but dont have the email anymore so would love to get registered again we have a great passion for his stuff and would love o have some help from AOK! our team is heart of oklahoma paranormal society we only have a facebook page… Read more »

Michelle
Michelle
Reply to  Brett McClelland
8 years ago

Hey Brett! We too are a team out of central OK. Please contact us with info regarding the circus. Did you ever get into this one? I love the looks of this place!! lincolncountyparanormal@yahoo.com

Thanks!
Michelle

tommy
tommy
9 years ago

the school was a church camp in the 70s i went to camp there. there is a baseball field just down the road

John
John
9 years ago

My friends and I just returned from the school. A lady drove up on us, but told us it was okay to take pictures. (Thank you!) The auditorium is awesome! Unfortunately, vandals have broken the glass doors, so be careful if you visit. Stickers grow in the grass outside the school. OUCH! Other than that, the entire place had a peaceful and welcoming feeling. We would love to see this school resurrected or maintained for future generations.

Smith
Smith
9 years ago

my mom and aunts and unkles went to Harjo school before the school close they said they like Harjo school better then Maud and wish the school staed open.

Liz Wesley-Buckley
Liz Wesley-Buckley
9 years ago

Went to High School there….1962 thru 1965 the year I graduated…. Liz Welch…Shawnee hometown…one of the few transfer student…about 15 of us…..Dated Jamie Moutaw…..for a bit…back in a day… guys rode horses on friday to school…sometimes….got out at 2pm on fridays…..

amanda
amanda
Reply to  Liz Wesley-Buckley
9 years ago

thanks for sharing that liz! we tried for months to find information on the history of the school….but could hardly find anything. its nice to be able to hear from people who know about these places!

Don
Don
9 years ago

The auditorium is great!

amanda
amanda
9 years ago

looks great!

Tonya Hacker
Tonya Hacker
9 years ago

neat place. would love to do some night shots there!

psychosaw13
psychosaw13
9 years ago

Loved that creepy old tree out there in the yard!

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