In the comments section of an earlier post, Barefoot Meg asks, “where was Rockwood School?”
Funny you should ask. I made Norm drive me there last month because I wondered too.
Rockwood-Place (later renamed Barton) was built in 1908 near the beet factory and attended by migrant children– German Russian and Hispanic. It was the backdrop of many of Lewis Wickes Hine’s 1915 photos of working children in Fort Collins, part of a nation-wide endeavor to curb child labor.
It’s a vacant lot now … I marked it in red in the lower right of this photo. The red box at top is what’s left of the beet factory.
(Click for a larger view. Or google map: “9th street fort collins” for street and surrounding views.)
We lose a lot of cool old schools. Washington Elementary, on Shields, will be the next to go.
And here’s something really, really interesting about Fort Collins’ schools (and CSU): They don’t have to abide by Fort Collins planning guidelines. That is, if the city fails to approve a Poudre School District’s development proposal, PSD can get an override from the school board.