What a great weekend! But then again, they are all great weekends up here at the school. We recruited my Mom and Dad to work…er….camp with us a couple of days. Of course, they were more than willing to pitch in. It’s something about the school that makes you want to be a part of it all.
Dad and Kevin started on shoring up the foundation under the bell tower, a process that involved one man digging and handing buckets out the window, another dumping into the wheelbarrow and hauling off.
Mom and I focused on the outside, devising a better step system for the tall school steps, doing some weeding, planting and cleaning in prep for the Ramble next week. We’ve added a handrail too – makes it just a bit easier to get to your seat on time.
Check out : riverroadrambler.blogspot.com for more information about the Ramble!
Bass Lake School will be just one stop on the
We will be part of the Tour of the Oldest Road in Northwest Wisconsin along the beautiful Saint Croix River Valley. There will be plenty of historical stops, some sales (we will be having one of those too!) and lots of great sites.
We are sprucing up the school and hope to have many former students and families of students stop by and say hello.
For Google-mappers, the official address is 2509 270th Street, Cushing, WI. For those land navigators, head north out of St. Croix Falls or south out of Grantsburg on Hwy 87. Bass Lake School is about halfway in-between, about 3 miles north of Cushing.
Hope to see you there!
We took the time last weekend to do some searching for some of the other school sites in the area. When country schools were the norm, they had to be within walking distance (you know, 5 miles, up-hill, both ways). The historical societies have done a great job in this state of marking the old schools. Here are a few we found just a half an hour from our Bass Lake.
What they all had in common was that they weren’t there anymore. There are others that have been restored as homes, churches, lumber yards and storage garages, but seeing these three not be there reinforced for us how important it is for us to save the one we have. We are so lucky to get the opportunity.