The Mora School is Up for Auction, We’ll Show You What’s Inside
Story and Photos by Mark Barnes
Out where Eagle Road curves into Kuna Mora Road sits the old Mora School, built in 1910 for somewhere between $800 and $1,000. It closed as a school in 1958 due to a contaminated well and was sold for $2,200. The large brick building has served many in the community who went to school there and was the home for the family of Slim Haken who died a few years ago leaving his vast collection of antique cars rusting in the Idaho sun.
After Haken passed away, the property became a magnet for looky-loos, vandals, thieves and thrill seekers. It still is. According to the caretaker who stays at the property at night, thieves managed to steal a whole bunch of tools, including some of his own, in the last year. Even after the car auction, scrap metal thieves are still taking stuff from the property. They are sometimes caught when seen by neighbors or the caretaker but late night visitors are still common.
“One got chased the other night by the peacocks,” the caretaker said.
The rooms inside are dusty and still filled with the remains of personal items collected over a lifetime. It is reminiscent of an episode of Hoarders inside with junk, furniture, stacks of old televisions and clothes still strewn around.
While the auction for the building and 7 acres is happening online (www.musikauction.com) and will finish on June 12, workers have been cleaning out the old school sorting the things that might have some value to sell at a garage sale. The plan is to have the sale over the next few weekends beginning this Friday. The sale location is near School St. and White Fang Street.