Giving old schools new life

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March 29, 2019 - 4:54 PM

Concrete floors and stairs at Baxter Springs Residences are subtle reminders the senior apartment complex used to be a high school.

BAXTER SPRINGS ? Jocellynn Tumbleson moved from LaHarpe to Baxter Springs, population of about 4,400, about a year ago because it was closer to her new job in Joplin, Mo. She stayed at a local hotel at first, until someone told her about a new senior living complex, Baxter Springs Residences.

From the outside, the building looks like a turn-of-the-20th-century school ? which is exactly what it was until 2014. 

But inside, only a few details reveal its past: wide hallways with bluish-gray concrete floors, thick concrete stairs at either end of the hallway, an old-school style gymnasium and locker room. 

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