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Central School and the Yellow Brick Road, Grand Rapids, Minnesota by Tom Nelson

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Tom Nelson Tom Nelson
Explore score
1.80 Gigapixels
Date added
Jul 03, 2013
Date taken
Jun 30, 2013

Here in the birthplace of Judy Garland, the town chose a Yellow Brick Road theme for fund raising to restore its historic Central School.

Built in 1895, this Romanesque building was one of the first high schools in northern Minnesota. It taught both elementary and high school students in four classrooms on each floor. A weathervane replica of the Spirit of St. Louis replaced its bell in 1931.

When classes were discontinued in 1972, a community-wide fund-raising campaign raised $1 million to restore the building and re-purpose it for small shops. The building retains much of its old character, with the original hardwood floors and slate blackboards.

Gigapan Comments (2)

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  1. Tom Nelson

    Tom Nelson (July 05, 2013, 12:28PM )

    It's always interesting to see what different photographers do with the same scene. The three of us should meet somewhere!

  2. David Engle

    David Engle (July 03, 2013, 08:25PM )

    Tom, Thanks for uploading another spectacular Gigapan ... I like this as much as I like gigapan.com/gigapans/130860 Hope you can make it to Paris and fill-in what Kilgore and I missed.

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