July 8, 2006 – Old Neighborhood School Bus

Today is a bit of a local history post. I helped a neighbor put together a program for a high school reunion of the high school that used to be one mile away – Van Cleve High School. We made this photo part of the program. A tornado destroyed the school in the 60’s and by that time the population was starting its drop, so it was never rebuilt.

This is the first Van Cleve school bus. In the muddy days of spring, the kids had to get out when the bus was going uphill because the horses couldn’t pull the wagon filled with kids uphill through the mud. On snowy days, the wagon was replaced with a sleigh.