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Lovell School

Lovell School

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Built: 1922 | Abandoned: 1955
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Billy Dixon

Schooling in the town began in 1903 with a population of nearly 200. The Lovell school first met in a 16 x 26 foot sod house, a small frame building was built a few years later. At the time of statehood in 1907 the town had began to fill out having  a school, two grain elevators, it’s founding post office, two cotton gins, the largest blacksmith shop in the area, bank, hotel, lumber yard, and animal feed post. The town gained population and interest in 1926 when an oil boom hit in the near by town Roxana three miles northwest of Lovell. Foreseeing the future, in 1922 construction completed on present larger two room school house. In January of 1928 a fire roared through the east side of Lovell’s main street, destroying eleven businesses. Without insurance, the Great depression and World War II on the horizon, little rebuilding was redone. The Lovell school held its lasy day of class on May 17th, 1955.
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Starting from a young age, I’ve always loved exploring. I can remember venturing off and scoping out the houses being built in the developing neighborhood right behind my house. As I got older, I found myself appreciating the work and love that went into architecture and just being excited to pass by the beautifully designed places in downtown.

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