Nevada History December 29, 2015
by Jennifer Young Nevada Schools In The Late 1800s And Early 1900s May Shock You. They’re So Different.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Nevada schools were much more different than they are today. Not only were they much smaller back then, but many of these schools are now historic landmarks. Listed below are 9 Nevada schools that were important during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
1. Golconda Schoolhouse - Golconda, NV
The Golconda School, a historic building built in 1888, is located at Morrison and Fourth Streets in Golconda, Nevada. It was deemed significant documenting the history of education in Nevada. It's also an unusually well-preserved 19th century wood-frame vernacular school.
2. Abandoned St. Thomas School House - St. Thomas, NV
This photo of the St. Thomas School House was taken May 13, 1934 - prior to flooding. Because of the recent drought, the ghost town of St. Thomas has been exposed and people can now visit the ruins of this school.
3. Buena Vista One-Room Schoolhouse - Unionville, NV
This school house was built in 1871 for only $2,500. It continued to operate until 1955 and is now privately owned.
4. Fourth Ward School - Virginia City, NV
The Fourth Ward School, located at 537 South "C" Street in Virginia City, Nevada, is a historic 4-story former public school building that was designed in 1876 by architect C.M. Bennett. It originally held more than 1,000 students in grades 1-9 divided into three departments: primary (grades 1-4); second grammar (grades 5-7) and high school (grades 8-9). By 1909, grades 10-12 were added. The last class graduation took place in 1936, and the school now operates as the Historic Fourth Ward School Museum.
5. Old Schoolhouse at Sherman Station - Elko, NV
This one-room schoolhouse is a part of the Elko Historic Visitor's Center. It's been restored to what it possibly looked like 100 years ago. The interior features a teacher's desk, a pot belly stove, a map and a blackboard.
6. Goldfield High School - Goldfield, NV
Goldfield High School, built in 1907, is an impressive stone and brick structure that had its last graduating class in 1952. Unfortunately, the school was left abandoned in 1953 due to structural issues.
7. Old Glendale School - Sparks, NV
The Old Glendale School, built in 1864, is a historic schoolhouse that operated as a school until 1958. It was the first educational institution in the "Truckee Meadows" area. And in 1976, the school building was relocated to the intersection of S. Virginia Street and Kietzke Lane in Reno. In 1993, it was relocated again to its current location in Sparks.
8. Galena Creek Schoolhouse - Storey County, NV
The Galena Creek Schoolhouse, located south of Galena Creek, was built when the town of Galena thrived in the 1860's. This historic schoolhouse is a one-room building of hand-cut local stone, and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.
9. Pioche Grade School - Pioche, NV
Pioche Grade School was opened in 1909. In the beginning, the four main rooms had four teachers who each taught two classes to a room. This was normal. Over the years, student numbers have increased and decreased. Pioche Grade School is the center for many community activities.
What do you think about these photos? Are you surprised by how different Nevada schools were during the late 1800s and early 1900s compared to today? Share your thoughts with us below!
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