One-Room Schoolhouses, Custer County, Colorado

Irene Francis with One-Room Schoolhouses

Irene Francis in period dress reading from One-Room Schoolhouses

One-Room Schoolhouses, Custer County, Colorado

One-Room Schoolhouses

One-Room Schoolhouses, Custer County, Colorado, is a well-documented history of the area educational system from the late 1800s to 1955.

The story told is about what happened inside the little schoolhouses, with interaction between teachers and students. It also gives a view into the lives and homes of the people in the Wet Mountain Valley mountain community.

This book gives the reader an appreciation of the deep desire of the people of Custer County to educate their children. It was not an easy task for them. Providing education in far-flung areas of the rural community required 25 one-room schools, five miles apart, with local residents supporting the individual districts.  One-Room Schoolhouses includes a foldout map showing the approximate locations of the school districts throughout Custer County.

One-Room Schoolhouses is rich in detail, warmed by the affection its author, Irene Francis, obviously feels for her subject. It is about a specific place, but the reader will find that the activities of the students and teachers in the other one-room schools are similar. For more information and stories about life in and around the historic one-room schoolhouses please visit Facts and Stories: Historic Schoolhouses, Custer County, Colorado.

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One-Room Schoolhouses - Irene Francis portrays an 1891 Westcliff Schoolhouse teacher as she spoke to grade school students on a field trip.

Irene Francis portrays an 1891
Westcliff Schoolhouse teacher as she spoke to
grade school students on a field trip.

One-Room Schoolhouses in Custer County, Colorado - Westcliff School

Westcliff School, Westcliffe, Colorado
Painting by Arthur Zapel