Abandoned John F. Kennedy College

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John F. Kennedy College was founded in 1965 in Wahoo, Nebraska. The college was named after President John F. Kennedy. Due to financial issues following the end of  the military draft in 1973 (the year I was born), the college was forced to close its doors forever in 1975.

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Jagged broken glass of the windows jutting out like teeth, splintered boards leaning against the trees, and large chunks of concrete litter the porch. Numerous signs warn against trespassing.

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Jagged broken glass of the windows jutting out like teeth, splintered boards leaning against the trees, and large chunks of concrete litter the porch. Numerous signs warn against trespassing.

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The photograph above is of a boarded window in the old gym.  JFK College athletic teams became known for pioneering early intercollegiate women’s athletics. The softball team won the first three Woman’s College World Series championships in 1969-1971.

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The college’s 1973 women’s basketball team won the AAU Women’s Basketball Championship and was one of the first teams from the United States to play in the People’s Republic of China, and it was even an article in Sport’s Illustrated.

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Now the halls sit crumbling and rotting. Houses surround the old campus, and I wonder how long it will take the neighborhood to tire of the decaying buildings.

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In 2013, the city of Wahoo was considering what to do with the campus again, but obviously they still have not sold the property. One of the more less desirable options on their list was to clean up the buildings before tearing them down. I hope someone decides to purchase the buildings to turn them into apartments, shelters or something equally useful. I read the structures are sound.

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Ladies from one of the surrounding homes, watched me closely as they gossiped from their porches. They changed positions as I moved about the campus, and seemed fine with me being there until I stepped onto the porch of the girls dorm building (pictured above). I stepped carefully around the rubble, noticing the women scowling.

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My husband and I drove away from the college campus, and police car crept by. My husband and I thought they were probably making sure we were leaving. If you do go check out this property, make sure you stay off the porch and keep your visit quick!

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Trish Eklund is the owner and creator of Abandoned, Forgotten & Decayed. She is also the owner and founder of Family Fusion Community, an online community and resource for divorced and remarried parents, step-parents, same-sex parents, adopting parents, and all other non-traditional parents. Trish has been featured on www.playground-magazine.comwww.bigblendedfamily.com, and Her View From Home.  Follow her on Twitter: @trishiewriter, Google +, Pinterest, Instagram, and, LinkedIn.

Trish at Beetison2

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