Elzo Guthrie Elementary School served the families in and around Pansy KY as far back (as I can determine) as 1955, but was finally closed in the 1980s. The building was sold to a local businessman who converted the building into some sort of factory, which was shuttered about 10 or so years ago. The building is now totally stripped out and vandalized (paint ball wars!). Because of the tight fencing around the building, the heavy greenery, and the siting, I was only able to get a decent picture of what was probably the original front of the school. I didn’t take any pictures of the interior because, well, one stripped-out building looks pretty much like any other. I’m told that in 1993 there were 16 schools in Harlan County…now there are only 9. Oh, I looked up Elzo Guthrie. Not a guy you’d want to mess with.
This was an elementary school, West Norton School, just outside Norton VA at Dorchester Junction (at the intersection of Kent Junction Road – Hwy 23 – and Junction Road. I don’t have much more information on the school, except that there was a church behind it at one time. Just to the right, over Hwy 23, was where the Interstate Railroad had a cross junction with the L&N. I understand it took careful coordination to avoid collisions.
The former Ermine High School, that is. Built in 1944. This is in Ermine KY, in Letcher County. Why is the place called Ermine? The Wiki says that a post office was established in the community in 1904. Guess what the name was of the first Postmaster? Ermine Webb. Hmmm.
McRoberts Community, outside Jenkins KY, has been around since 1912 or so. It was a Consolidated Coal town. The original McRoberts Elementary came into being around a century ago. This incarnation, as such, was closed last year, according to a news story on a local TV station.