One thing I love about having my new digital camera is I can really capture some interesting shots. Some of those shots tell a story, others are just a point of view, either way, pictures are something to be enjoyed and the past is something I’ve always enjoyed. I just wish I could go back and find out what it was really like back then.
In part one of my series Washington County, Oregon’s past re-visited, we will be going back in time to some old school houses, churches and pioneer cemeteries that I found while out in the North Plains area of Washington County. I do have to say I was finally glad to see some weather come through that I was able to go and take these, it seems like it has been forever since the sun has been here.
OK, at first we thought this was Jackson School as it is at the end of Jackson School Road, but according to the history books, that school burnt down. This is now a church, but it does show that at one time the school in the area was used as the local church by the community. The weird part is this next picture was also of a school that was less than a half mile from the one above. (This one has now been converted in to a house)
Don't know much about this school either, can't figure out why
needed two schools so close, the population certainly didn't
seem to warrant it.
Helevatia Community Church and graveyard was pretty cool find, it looks
like the olders grave stone we could find was dated 1898
(I know for those of you on the east coast, this doesn't seem old)
This one was a little sad to me having cleaned up tomb stones as part of an
Eagle project for a friend back in 1986.
This empty swing next to a cemetary seemed kind of fitting at the time of the short
I love history and finding old finds like this to me is better than finding a $5 bill on the ground. I hope to have many more in this series as Washington County is pretty large and has lots of history. (So stay tuned)
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