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Location DB > United States > California > Nevada City > Malakoff Diggins School House
Malakoff Diggins School House
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created by tkdan235 on 12/30/2008 8:39 PM
last modified by Byberrian Fanman on 12/31/2008 2:39 AM
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Old 1872 wooden school house with a cemetery. Full of furniture from when it opened in 1872.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: drop everything - must see
 Physical Information

Nevada City, California
United States
Owner: California Department of Parks and Recreation
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • air quality
  • Mold; Unsafe Overhangs; Unsafe Ladder
  •  Interesting Features
    The building and furniture are all original from 1872. Once inside, there are markings on the chalkboard from when the school house was in session. Sometimes the school house is unlocked. If you are lucky it will be when you visit.

    I spoke with a local in the museum and he is convinced that the school house is the most haunted place in Malakoff Diggins. He told me about a school master who went crazy and murdered a child in front of the class. The body was the hung in the upstairs rafters until locals found out from the frightened children. The school master was then hung in downtown North Bloomfield.

    The upstairs rafters are super creepy with this weird ladder. Haunted or not, a century old cemetery is right next to the school. There is something just unequivocally spooky about the place.

     Security Measures
  • part-time guard
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1872
    Closed: 1941
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • gloves
  • head protection
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment

    North Bloomfield School 1872-1873

    Built at the cost of some 3,000 dollars modeled after schoolhouses at nearby sebastopol and sweetland, it served the community until closed in 1941. Acquired from Washington School District Nevada Country, For public use and display. Restoration commenced in 1973 by popular subscription.

    Dedicated June 10. 1973. (100 Years Later)

    **Text above is from an official plaque on site**
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    Mon, Dec 22nd, 2008
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