|City/Town: • Augusta|
|Location Class: • School|
|Year Built: • N/A|
|Year Abandoned: • 2008|
|Status: • Demolished|
|Photojournalist: • Michael Schwarz • Eddy Sisson • Jared Holt|
The history of Augusta elementary school is surprisingly undocumented; from public records to the school districts own website, there is not much written on the conditions in which this building was built, used, or those involved in its administration. Most of what we do know came from inside the school itself: the school moved locations in the summer of 2008, leaving behind the old one as well as most of the equipment inside. A fairly unique case for a school that remains unconsolidated, quite a few computers, documents, and other usable goods were simply left in the building to whither away over time.
The home of the Red Devils was recently ransacked by three teenage boys, turning an already decrepit building into a metaphorical hellscape. The boys were arrested on site and charged with trespassing and defacing public property. Though this act of vandalism is certainly tragic for the people of Augusta, it gave the community a new appreciation for their past and this building in particular. While exploring, we were met with several concerned citizens who were protective of the school and certain moves are being made to preserve the property from further damage.
One such individual was Jake Jones, who gave us a tour of the school he was proud to attend. Visiting from Little Rock, he came to the school to share memories with his son and found himself overwhelmed by the damage done to the building. After sharing some of the stories from his past and the now abandoned places that played a part in his life, Jones told us he was happy for what we were doing, preserving a piece of history for parents to share with their kids.
Written by Wells Thompson – AAR Staff