The Woodrow schoolhouse is located to the south and west of the town of Woodrow. A true country school, surrounded by prairie and farmland. The land is now pretty empty, most of the farmhouse are gone. There are a couple of farm homes nearby and the home of the folks that bought the old schoolhouse.
The building has set neglected for years and shows the wear. Trees have sprouted up next to the foundation, windows are broken and the roof is crumbling.
In the late 40’s, oil was discovered in NE Colorado, the Julesburg Basin, that stretched into southern Washington County. This oil boom provided some taxes for the local school districts and the folks of Woodrow got together with the people of Lindon. They agreed to consolidate their schools and a new school was built in the pasture. Woodrow School would be no more. It would become a part of Woodlin School.
At the time the new Woodlin School was built, it was a state of the art facility. Best equipment, school labs, classrooms, cafeteria and sports facility. But the rural population decline did not halt. The new consolidated school lost students and today it is a country struggle to keep things going. Yet the country folks do not give up, their school is still their home pride and Woodlin is one of many schools out east that roll along, turning out some of the best students in the state.
The old Woodrow school building still stands, for how many more years is a question. Like a waning beacon it stands on the prairie.