Iowas Rural Settlement Shaped
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The background history of the school system, the railroad and the small towns that began in Iowa is fascinating and educational. The railroad played a part in some towns thriving and some towns drying up. The neighborhoods were created and changed as the towns grew and thus newer town schools were opened and the one-rooms started to end. Last one was in 1966 in Iowa but there are still 200 one-rooms still functioning in other parts of the U.S. and we have home schooled children and religious schools from the large to small. A freedom, a choice to choose how to educate our young citizens is awesome and the greatest thing with technology today is that college is also an advantage to all via the internet. Historically to see how it all shaped up and where we are today is incredible. Some times I feel nostalgic about the one-room school and the one small church with pews and a pulpit setting.... I will find and read a romance story in just this scene to bring back the memories that I really only have through books and pictures. I have chatted with several individuals in the small town I live and listening to their stories of the one-room school here has captivated me. I always really think about Laura Ingalls Wilder (that era) and so to imagine these buildings still alive and functioning is child like fascination. There are still some places in our culture that embrace that time period due to necessary means of location, religion and or a way of life. During these early years... there were two wars, the roaring twenties-prohibition, the Depression and still the state of Iowa pressed on as did other states in the midwest. People survived, towns grew and prospered but still in 2015 many of our small towns face problems of viability. Iowa is still merging school systems to benefit the children.