After exploring the old Dry Tavern Elementary School, we set our sights on the nearby Crucible Elementary school. Basically abandoned now, it was used by the Carmichaels Area School district until the 91/92 school year, when the kids went to the new elementary near the high school.
After being closed, the school was used by several local organizations over the years as a haunted house. It is now used by the Crucible V.F.D. for training. We were surprised to see that most of the scary decor from the haunted house was just left in place. It made it difficult to get good shots, staying focused on the building itself but we tried. So, disregard any skulls, spiders or scary graffiti you may see. The school was also dark and it was tough to see due to being boarded up. Not to mention the jackass who stole the wiring from the school, leaving the building without power and the town without a fire whistle.
After talking to some local folks we discovered that there was originally another building, similar to the Rices Landing schoolhouse, that connected to the new school via a hallway.It was constructed of wood and was heated with coal. The younger kids had class in the wood (or 'old school' school, if you will) and moved up to the new building. You can see the difference in the bricks near the entrance where the hallway was.
We really don't know too much more about the Crucible school. We're still researching and will update this post as we learn more. If you have any info about the school (especially pictures) as always, feel free to email us.
Special thanks to Kathy McAlanis for granting us access and Jim Rex for being our tour guide (twice!).
Some Video we shot in the school......