The Lemont Area Historical Society has generously offered to share photos and accompanying information with Patch readers each week, depicting people, places and things from the village's storied past.
This week's featured photos are of what has commonly known as Old Central School, which has been converted to condominiums. The first is a classroom photo, circa 1900 – and the second, a view of the back of the building, which featured a long, tube-like fire escape.
It’s been said that many kids who lived in the area (perhaps even some of the students pictured in the classroom) used to climb up and slide back down the fire escape, just for fun. We doubt they told their moms and dads about their dangerous escapades!
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Discover more about Lemont history at the historical society museum in the Old Stone Church at 306 Lemont St. The museum is open to the public and welcomes visitors. For more information, visit the LAHS web site at http://www.lemonthistorical.org/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lemont Area Historical Society also invites readers to share their photos of Lemont’s past, to be added to the LAHS archives.
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