Preserving Osage County’s history; Superior School project progresses

Evidence of love is beginning to appear at the Superior school house, two miles south of Burlingame, where a campaign was started earlier this summer to save the deteriorating historical structure.

In just a short time, volunteers and donations have allowed completion of much work on the Burlingame Historical Preservation Society project.

The schoolhouse’s old windows have been replaced, which alone enhanced the appearance of the building. The front porch has been completely rebuilt with new footings, flooring and porch posts. New steps will complete the porch work. The foundation is in the process of being tuck pointed and repairs to the chimney are under way.

All work completed has been accomplished by volunteer labor. To date at least 210 man hours have been spent on saving the historic landmark. The large equipment that was needed for the work was donated by area businesses and individuals.

There still remains much work: the belfry needs repair and new shingles, as does the porch roof. Painting the tin roof and building is also necessary.

Monetary donations are still needed, are tax deductible, and can be sent to BHPS, PO Box 74, Burlingame, KS 66413. Volunteers are also needed to help with prep work and painting. Anyone wishing to help or for more information about the project, call 785-654-3561.

The historic Superior School is featured in Osage County News’ series In Osage County.

Information thanks to Linda Fagan.


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