Old schoolhouse earns historical designation
The Colorado Historical Society has voted unanimously to place the Missouri Heights School on the official State Register of Historic Properties.
This means, according to the society, that the schoolhouse is now eligible for funding for its restoration and also will be nominated for placement of the National Registry of Historic Properties.
“We are thrilled with this achievement,” said Davis Farrar, president of the Missouri Heights Community League, in a press release. “Our goal now is to raise the matching funds necessary to meet state grant requirements.”
The community league will be holding fund-raising events to help meet its $50,000 goal for restoration work. The next event is an auction and silent auction on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. at the schoolhouse. Donations of goods or services are welcome. Call 963-2180 for more information.
The schoolhouse, built in 1917 by area ranchers, was nominated and approved because it is associated with events that have made a significant contribution to history, and because it has distinctive characteristics of type, period or method of construction.
According to the nomination documents which were approved, the school is significant for its role in the educational system in a rural, alpine setting. The property was also important in the area of social history due to its use as a community gathering place.
In addition, the buildings at the site exhibit a high degree of historic integrity, according to the nomination.
The schoolhouse is located on County Road 102.
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