History of Brownfield High School
Brownfield (population approximately 75?) is located in the far southeastern tip of Illinois
in the south-central portion of Pope County. Brownfield sits about 20 miles due north of Paducah, Kentucky. The
town sits near the intersection of Bay Valley Road and Brownfield Road. The history of the town is in need of further research.
We were made aware that the town of Brownsfield once offered a two-year high school course of study through
the extensive research by Roberta Van Briesen. Roberta came across an article at the web address of http://www.springhousemagazine.com/sorrow1.htm.
The article appears on Springhouse Magazine Online and is authored by Mildred McCormick.
In her article, Mildred describes Brownfield as it appeared in 1929 as follows:
"Brownfield is an old town, once called Columbus, but early in the 20th century it
was revitalized. It boasted garage, feed mill, two blacksmiths, barber, general stores, groceries, 2 churches, hotel, 2 banks,
2-year high school, and, of course, a post office."
We have not been able to locate any further information about the town of Brownfield and its former high
school. We only know that today the kids of Brownfield attend school in nearby Golconda as part of the Pope County School
Brownfield High School Quick Facts