Nestled in the mountains of Southern Idaho is a small town named Albion. Once a bustling little town, Albion now has a population of merely 260. At one time, the centerpiece of the town was the Albion State Normal School, a small two year college. To quote from the website of the campus’ current owners:
Albion State Normal School was established by the Idaho State Legislator in 1893. The citizens of Albion actively lobbied the schools establishment, and donated the land and labor for the new campus. The school offered a two year teacher training program until 1947, when it was renamed Southern Idaho College of Education (SICE) and awarded baccalaureate degrees. The school remained troubled by low income and lack of funding and finely closed by the state in 1951. During its existence Albion State Normal School awarded approximately 6,460 degrees. The campus remained vacant until 1957, when the Magic Valley Christian College opened at the site, and later closed in 1969. The beautiful historic campus was locked and boarded up until the City of Albion auctioned it off in 2007 when the Mortensen family purchased it with plans for a retreat.
I had the opportunity to stay a few nights at the campus, which has one building that has been magnificently restored and is perfect for family reunions and large gatherings. While there, I wrote this song. I have included with it some pictures and video I shot while on the campus. For more information about the Albion Campus Retreat, visit their website.
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