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Hahns Peak Schoolhouse

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1911. Main St. (NR)

In this one-room frame structure with an open bell tower, Augusta de Forrest, the first schoolmarm, taught grades one through twelve in her high-top shoes and ankle-length dress. After the school closed in 1942 this became a center for public meetings, dances, church services, card parties, and funerals. The coal shed and two 1911 privies survive, although the horse barn for student transport is gone. The restored school is now a museum owned and operated since 1973 by the Hahns Peak Area Historical Society along with the Hahns Peak Museum (1980, Robert S. Ralston) next door, an example of sensitively designed ghost town infill which provides a setting for the town's old steel-barred “bear trap” jail.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Hahns Peak Schoolhouse", [Clark, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 527-527.

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