The year that Buffalo Bill hunted buffalo to feed railroad crews; Alaska was purchased; Andrew Johnson took the Presidency; and Nebraska became our 37th State. That same year, Onarga, Il. was the most active center of learning in Iroquois county and thus the school was erected with additions to follow in 1898 and 1939. Currently it is the full time residence of local artisans. The building is nestled on 3.9 secluded acres, amongst many oak, fir and fruit trees. The old ball field still can be found hiding in dense vegetation. The 9+ classroom/ offices/ bedrooms range in size from 12×14 to 21×30 with the old cafeteria being 29×23. Much of the original blackboards, transums and hardwood floors are intact. By far the most expansive spaces are the 48×30 second floor great room with kitchenette and the 68×50 gym… complete with original hoops and 32×26 stage. The 2 Story structure is in good structural shape but needs updating all around. Radiator and boiler heat were the mainstay of this property, yet furnace heat has been incorporated into several rooms. I loved the bell tower aspect of the building where a cozy office space beckons. With some creative ingenuity and upgrades, this location with access to I57, could make this a great business venture or ultra interesting private residence.