School-Carlinville Free School, Macoupin County IL
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Carlinville Free School
built 1866

Elisabeth Herndon writes,
"According to an article "School's Out" in the Macoupin Co. Enquirer 6/20/2002, the building in the photo is the Carlinville Free School built on the site of the South school building in 1866, completed 1867. It replaced 3 smaller, earlier schools and was "one of the largest and certainly the most ornate building in town when it was completed." In 1912, the Central building was built just north of it to house the High School. In 1924 the 3rd floor of the Free School building was declared unsafe, and in 1928 the Free School was razed and the South School building that still stands was built on the spot. The cornerstone of the old building was moved to the SW corner of the new building, and the 2-story carved stone main entrance of the old building which originally faced S. Broad was carefully removed and became the south entrance of South School where it can be seen to this day."

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