The Old Assumption Catholic School Link – was burned down to the ground on July 4, 2016, and investigators think it was arson. They have still not caught the individuals responsible. I have only recently found out about this after returning home from my trip, I noticed I did not see it from the interstate and decided to look it up. Here is more information on the fire.
The owner is offering a $10,000 reward for the person who has any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the parties responsible for burning down the school.
The photo below of the burned school can be found on the Facebook group Abandoned Nebraska, and was by Angela Johnson.
I wanted to publish a follow-up piece to address what happened. I also wanted to pay my respects to this beautiful, historical place, and the memories it held for all of the children, employees, and their loved ones. This was a special place to many, including myself, and I am sick that it is gone.
To everyone who has suffered the loss of this building, these were these photos from the last time I visited in 11/9/2015, on my way back from Hastings, and some leftover from my first post linked at the beginning of the blog.
If anyone has any information at all regarding what happened to this historical place, please follow the link at the beginning of this article and let them know.
Trish Eklund is the owner and creator of Abandoned, Forgotten, & Decayed, and Family Fusion Community, an online resource for blended families of all types. Trish’s photography has been featured on Only in Nebraska, ListVerse, Nature Takes Over and Pocket Abandoned. Check out the new Bonanza Store for AFD merchandise! Follow on Instagram and Facebook. Trish is regularly featured on The Mighty, Huffington Post Divorce, and Her View From Home. She has also been featured on Making Midlife Matter, and The Five Moms, and has an essay in the anthology, Hey, Who’s In My House? Stepkids Speak Out by Erin Mantz.