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1910 - Elmira School - Elmira, ID
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 48° 28.805 W 116° 27.800
11U E 539660 N 5369800
Quick Description: We spied this little school while travelling between Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint on Highway 95.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 1/25/2015 4:36:37 PM
Waymark Code: WMN9KA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team Sieni
Views: 0

Long Description:
The school stands on the west side of Highway 95 about 3 miles south of McArthur Lake. The old wooden sign over the front porch reads "Dist. No. 16. 1910". The "16" covers a previous number, indicating a number change in the school district during the school's lifetime.

The building itself was built of a mixture of smooth and rusticated concrete blocks on a concrete foundation. The side walls are each supported by four concrete buttresses. Atop the walls is a steel clad gable roof with wooden shiplap sided gable ends. On the roof's peak at the front is a small bell tower with lattice work vents. The bell tower is not in very good shape any more.

Inside there is a cloak room/hall at the front which leads left and right to the entrances to the two small school rooms. If it was actually used as a two room school, each room would have been pretty small.

The little town of Elmira stood across the highway in the early 1900s, a small mill and railroad town. The first school was a hand hewn log school, built sometime around 1900.


Year of construction: 1910

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Full inscription:
Dist. No. 16. 1910

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