Edie (edienippoli) wrote in abandonedplaces,
Edie
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Popash School, Hardee County, Florida

Featured in Weird Florida, the Popash School was something of an old friend to me. My family used to drive past it on the way to Boca Grande down south all the time when I was a child, and it was always fascinating. I watched it deteriorate throughout the years but never thought to take a picture until about four years ago when I made the trip back to Boca Grande with a friend during summer. I'm very glad I did because it's gone now, it was torn down in January of this year. I'm sorry I couldn't have taken more shots of it, or taken any inside shots but the whole place was fenced off and it was along a very busy highway. I had another shot - a closeup of the doorway - but I can't seem to find it on my hard drive.

As for the school itself it was part of a now deserted town called Popash here in Florida in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it sort of faded away after a railway was built but bypassed it in favor of Zolfo Springs. There's not much left of the town, save for an abandoned church, its graveyard and some houses. That's sort of the brief rundown of it, I'm sure you can find better info on it elsewhere.

I'd love to go back and get photos but I live in Orlando and I haven't been down that way for oh, about 4 years. But if any of you others here are in Florida, I'd really recommend going and checking out what's left of Popash.



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