|City/Town: • Fourche Valley|
|Location Class: • School|
|Built: • 1978 | Abandoned: • 2008|
|Status: • Abandoned • Restored|
|Photojournalist: • Lana Yates|
Fourche Valley school district was created in 1928. Bluffton and Briggsville schools combined to form Fourche Valley. Red Hill was the third school to enter Fourche Valley and many followed to finally have combined the total of 13 local schools. Fourche Valley was named after the Fourche La Fave river. The land that the school currently sits on was donated by the Briggs family of Briggsville.
In 1978 a new complex was completed for the Elementary and high school students. In 1997 a new Agri building was constructed. In 2004 a new gym was constructed with a cafeteria for the students. The old cafeteria was tore down. Now, the only original building left was the home economic building which is still standing on the property. Fourche Valley had the longest bus route in the state. The Chula-Aly route started before 6 a.m. and arrived at the school at 7:45 a.m. The route was never actually confirmed as the longest but was never disputed as the longest. The narrow dirt roads, the low water Bridges and the mountain ranges made the ride long and tiring. The school closed many times because of high water. As soon as the creek started rising, the school was called by a parent from the Aly-Chula route. The bus left hoping the students were able to get home before the rising water made it impossible. Unfortunately due to the decline of students in the Fourche Valley area, Fourche Valley, Plainview-Rover, Ola and Casa schools combined to form the Two Rivers School District. The district was formed in 2004. Fourche Valley students were able to continue attending Fourche Valley through the 2008 – 2009 school year. After the 2009 school year all of the students were moved to another campus In the Two Rivers School District.
The school then set there, locked up, for seven years. In 2016 the community of Fourche Valley took ownership of the property. They are currently in the process of cleaning the building up. Fourche Valley has reunions there every year in October.
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