Grammar School, Altaville, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 38° 05.036 W 120° 33.692
10S E 713862 N 4217935
Quick Description: One of the oldest schoolhouses in California
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 10/21/2009 8:32:37 PM
Waymark Code: WM7G4Z
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member rschreff
Views: 11

Long Description:
We came here for a geocache and were captivated by the history of the building. The school was used until 1950 and is now a National and State Historic Landmark.

Geocache owner Isolinio did such a great job describing the site that we couldn't possibly improve on it. So, here is the description from the Geocache:

The Altaville Schoolhouse, located in the settlement of that name in Calaveras County, California, is one of the best preserved of the proverbial one-room little red schoolhouses in California. Built of brick in 1858 and actively used until 1950, the little school witnessed the instruction of hundreds of children from the Mother Lode region. When it was closed the building began to deteriorate, but by good fortune it was located on property which became the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Altaville Fire Station. Through the efforts of CDF the building was identified as an important historical structure worthy of preservation. In 1981 CDF Battalion Captain James McGee prepared a Historic Resources Inventory form for the building, and CDF personnel developed a restoration plan, which included moving the building a short distance to an accessible location facing Highway 49. Today, the little schoolhouse, authentically and carefully restored to its former state, is one of the principal attractions for visitors touring the Mother Lode mining region. When the building was moved, CDF Archaeologist Dan Foster conducted excavations in and around the foundation of the schoolhouse, and collected numerous artifacts covering a period of one hundred years. These were analyzed in 1998 by the Institute for Archaeological Research, California State University, Stanislaus, and are now part of the collections of the Calaveras County Historical Society. The Altaville Schoolhouse stands today as a monument to early-day education and to the interest of Altaville and its citizens in preserving their historic past.

Year the school first opened.: 08/01/1858

Year the school closed.: 08/01/1950

125 N Main Street
Altaville, CA USA

Web Address (if available): [Web Link]

Is the schoolhouse still open as a school?: Not Listed

Original or Re-creation?: Not listed

Does the school offer 19th century classroom reenactments or day camps?: Not listed

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