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Location DB > United States > Montana > Burnham > Burnham Schoolhouse
Burnham Schoolhouse
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created by Aran on 12/26/2021 8:37 AM
last modified by Aran on 5/4/2023 8:04 PM
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An abandoned one room schoolhouse in rural Montana. Completely empty inside.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: not very exciting
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Burnham, Montana
United States
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    The exterior is really the most interesting part.
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     Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 1947
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    "This schoolhouse sits on my grandma’s homestead. Her name at that time was Mamie Reed. I have a copy of her deed hanging by my front door. It was signed by president Woodrow Wilson on August 14, 1917. Her mom, dad, brothers and sisters all had their own little piece of land. Grandma’s homestead was 160 acres... My 80 year old mom still owns the property." -Lorie Blake Case

    One of Montana's one room schoolhouses. Originally called Liberty School, it was originally built on the north side of the Milk River. At an unspecified point in the early twentieth century it was put on skids and dragged across the ice while the river was frozen over to its current location and its named was changed to Burnham School. The school was nearly lost to the river during the move when an early spring thaw began melting the ice out from under it, but a freeze that solidified the ice saved it.

    There were usually about 8-10 students enrolled at the Burnham School. One student, who had to commute via horseback from 4-5 miles away on the opposite side of the river, recalled in an interview that the river crossing could be dangerous in the cold and that he nearly died at least once. He also recalled sleeping overnight in the school many times when lessons ended too late for him to reach home before nightfall.

    A small bomb shelter was built behind the school sometime in the mid 1940s due to concerns about Japanese bombers in WWII. Most students were only educated until eighth grade, but those that wished to finish their education transferred to Havre High School upon completing eighth grade at the schoolhouse.

    The school was shut down in 1947 for unspecified reasons and was used as a makeshift grain silo. Unfortunately the grain damaged the floors and interior walls. An artist later purchased it to use as a studio, but found that the grain damage was too severe and resold it. Hail and windstorms have also recently damaged it. It remains for sale to this day, though it's too heavily decayed for any buyers to be interested.
     Media Coverage
    Visions and Voices: Montana's One Room Schoolhouses by Charlotte Cadwell, published in print 2012.
     Future Plans
    It's owned the farmer who lives nearby, who has given no indication of planning to demolish or renovate the building- though it is for sale.

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    On the road to elsewhere
    Wed, Dec 29th, 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 10:34 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on May 4 23 at 22:34, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on May 4 23 at 20:04, Aran changed the following: History, Year Closed, Media Coverage, Future Plans
  • on Dec 29 21 at 17:39, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Dec 29 21 at 6:23, Aran made this location available
  • on Dec 29 21 at 6:22, Aran updated the main picture
  • on Dec 29 21 at 6:22, Aran added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Dec 29 21 at 6:21, Aran updated gallery On the road to elsewhere
  • on Dec 29 21 at 6:21, Aran created a new gallery
  • on Dec 26 21 at 8:59, Aran changed the following: Future Plans
  • on Dec 26 21 at 8:59, Aran changed the following: History
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