TARKIO, Mo. (AP) – A shuttered northwest Missouri college’s alumni association is working to return education to the 60-acre campus more than 20 years after financial problems led to the institution’s demise.
The Tarkio College Alumni Association is hoping to bring a two-year, degree granting college to the community of fewer than 2,000 residents, but several hurdles – including buildings that have been neglected for decades, a lack of funding and a complex state bureaucracy – must be cleared before that can happen.
Two years after the college went bankrupt in 1992, Tarkio Academy, a school for juvenile delinquents, became the campus’ new tenant. The company leased the property for a decade before closing its doors in late 2004.