Visiting Small Town America ~ Diamond Point School, Oklahoma

diamond point schoolWhile out for a drive last Sunday, hubby eyed a sign, turned around, and the search began….down one long country road to another.  What did we discover?  A treasure from 1919, the year hubby’s dad was born.  Diamond Point School, a one room school-house in Nowata County, Oklahoma ~diamond point school yard

We sat in the car for a moment studying the grounds, then  jumped out to explore. The slide was calling my name, but the steps going up were a bit wiggly…and as much as I wanted to take off down the thing, the extreme tilt to the right, plus the rust spots here and there, made hubby think he might not be able to catch me.  #how long would it take the ambulance to find us?

 diamond point slide steps

Hands out!  Catch me, hubby!

Hands out! Catch me, hubby!

diamond point slide

Plopping down in a swing, my first thought was whether or not the chains would hold me. I soon forgot about that. Do you remember flying~swinging?  Yep, me too. I told hubby we were gonna have to get one of these.

diamond point swing 1

We couldn’t help but wonder about all the little feet that had walked where we were now  walking.  First loves and first kisses.  Fights and life long friendships.  Jump-rope and games of chase. Brothers and sisters. Teachers and preachers and parents and picnics.diamond point school yard1

(Notice the little white outhouses in the far back, left and right side. They say “girls” and “boys”.) 

Who was the last person to raise the American flag on this still sturdy pole….and what were they thinking when it was folded for the last time?

1919 to 1968.  Bless those who graced this place and those who continue to preserve Diamond Point Schooldiamond point teterdiamond point merry 2 with edge

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25 Responses to Visiting Small Town America ~ Diamond Point School, Oklahoma

  1. Jeannette from the CA coast says:

    Ah…the famous merry-go-round photo! Now I see another favorite pastime – the teeter totter. These photos evoke good memories of the playgrounds of my youth. Thanks, Paula, for sharing yet another roadside adventure with us:)

  2. That school looks like it’s still in great shape. What a collage we could make from photos of old one-room schools.

  3. Rusha Sams says:

    So little but a great environment for young ones.

  4. tchistorygal says:

    How fun and quaint! Brings back memories. Lots of places still had outhouses when I was a young child, especially rural places. Schools had wooden teeter totters. And girls had to wear pants under their dresses to school especially in the winter. 🙂

  5. This was a walk down memory lane for me. the last photo in particular, we had one of those and we played on it all the time. It was taken down and I have never ever seen one since.

  6. To me, it looks bigger than one room. You reckon a school bell was in the top of that tower?

  7. adinparadise says:

    We had such playgrounds in England, and I spent many happy hours on the slide, see-saw and roundabout. 🙂 Thanks for the memories.

  8. Bonnie says:

    What a cool find! The school house is so charming and looks in such great shape. Love the photo of you on the swing..perfect capture of childhood happiness. Marvin really does need to get his hands out of his pockets to be ready to catch you. The year before my father was born up through the year after I was…fun span of time to think about for this little school house and like you said..all the little feet and their interesting lives!

  9. ly says:

    Wonderful! Love that someone is keeping it up. Took me on a trip down memory lane to my grammar school playground. We had monkey bars, too. The merry-go-round was my favorite. I missed out on lots of the fun, though, in first grade because my teacher made me draw a square in the dirt and stand there during recess because I cried every morning. (I’m sure that being punished for it helped a lot!).

  10. Ann Koplow says:

    Love this1 Thank you.

  11. debbie says:

    I’m 25 now and can still remember in the 4th grade we took a filed trip to this school it was so fun we got to go inside and have class like they would back in the day we got to make paper to do our math on and go out to play and have lunch I think the 4th graders go every year I know they are this year 2016

  12. Julie Armstrong says:

    Thanks for posting the great pictures – My mom and all of my uncles attended Diamond Point. I’ve never seen it myself but I would love to visit someday.

    • That is awesome that your family has history here! If you are ever in that area you should go by and soak in the memories. ♡ We have since moved away. Glad we found it before we left. A treasure.

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