Gymnasium and School

The classroom building was gone before we moved to St. Vrain in 1962. Its foundation remained on the east side of the gym until 2020.

The gymnasium was a WPA project. The locals were so very excited to get a basketball court. A couple of the local farmers brought their tractors and drag buckets to help the WPA crew dig the basement. But, the WPA foreman turned them away. Using the tractors would have reduced the number of man hours to complete the project, and the main purpose of the project was to provide paychecks to the workers. So, the basement was dug by hand.

The length of the floor in the building was quite a bit short of what is now regulation court size. The free-throw circle and the center court circle overlapped. The out-of-bounds lines were probably about 2 feet from the walls.

There were no bathrooms, but did have a drinking fountain near the NE corner of the court.....nasty, nasty, tasting water from all of the rust in the pipes.

The raised stage was on the north side of the building with dressing rooms on either end. The stairs to the basement were by the water fountain. The canvas stage curtain was a roll-up type, like a window blind. It had advertising painted on it from area businesses. I remember pictures of grain elevators and 3-digit phone numbers.
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The Gym's Final Round January 25, 2020 The Melrose Fire Department did a controlled burn to start the cleanup phase of the school property....

The Gym's Final Round

January 25, 2020 The Melrose Fire Department did a controlled burn to start the cleanup phase of the school property. Thank you, Chesnea Clemmons, for giving…

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More In and Around the Gym Chantilly Fulgham took these photos.

More In and Around the Gym

Chantilly Fulgham took these photos.

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Burying the Gym Final Resting Spot
Burying the Gym
Final Resting Spot
Burying the Gym This is the beast that dug the pit and buried the rubble.
Burying the Gym
This is the beast that dug the pit and buried the rubble.