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Location DB > United States > Montana > Ledger > Central Schoolhouse
Central Schoolhouse
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created by Aran on 12/20/2021 4:37 AM
last modified by Aran on 5/4/2023 7:31 PM
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An abandoned one room schoolhouse in rural Montana with a decaying playground in the yard.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
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N Central School Rd
Ledger, Montana
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • unsafe flooring
  • Possible part-time coyote den
  •  Interesting Features
    The architecture is the main interesting part, the school is empty inside.
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     Historical Dates
    Built: 1912
    Closed: 1970
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    A one room schoolhouse that predates the county it sits in, built in 1912 to educate the children of farmers who moved to the region after the Homestead Act of 1909 was passed. According to interviews with former students, many of the first children enrolled here didn't survive the harsh winters of the early homesteading years.

    Students here were taught from kindergarten to eighth grade before transferring to Conrad High School about 20 miles away to finish their education. The school had a single teacher, but the person filling that role would usually leave for greener pastures every few years, necessitating a replacement. Despite the teacher turnover rate former students of the Central schoolhouse recalled in interviews that they were academically well-prepared, though they felt socially disadvantaged due to the lack of interaction with many children their own age at the schoolhouse- one person interviewed was the only child of his age in the school.

    The bell was swiped from the bell tower in the 1960s and the culprit was never found. Over the years the schoolhouse was used as a community meeting place, a church, a recreation hall, a 4-H clubhouse, and a voting center in addition to its use as a school . Central School was shut down in 1970 due to a dwindling population in the surrounding community and a lack of students.
     Media Coverage
    Visions and Voices: Montana's One Room Schoolhouses by Charlotte Cadwell, published in print 2012.
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    On the road to Safeguard
    Mon, Dec 20th, 2021
    posted by Aran
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 5/4/2023 10:33 PM.

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  • on May 4 23 at 22:33, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on May 4 23 at 19:31, Aran changed the following: History, Media Coverage
  • on May 4 23 at 19:27, Aran changed the following: History, Year Built, Year Closed
  • on Dec 21 21 at 11:50, Steed validated this location
  • on Dec 20 21 at 4:48, Aran made this location available
  • on Dec 20 21 at 4:48, Aran added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Dec 20 21 at 4:47, Aran updated gallery On the road to Safeguard
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  • on Dec 20 21 at 4:46, Aran created a new gallery
  • on Dec 20 21 at 4:46, Aran updated the main picture
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