In 1861, a comprehensive school law was among the acts passed by Colorado’s first Territorial Legislative Assembly. Historians have noted that a community’s construction of a school building often reflected not only a belief in the importance of universal education but a desire to lend an aura of permanence to the community itself. Usually containing only one or two classrooms, rural school buildings also served as community meeting halls. Few early log examples survive. One-story wood frame buildings are the most prevalent survivors, but there are also good masonry examples. Two-story buildings are rare, as are sites that include intact examples of outbuildings, such as teacherages and privies. Reflecting a nationwide trend in education, Colorado’s School District Reorganization Act of 1949 promoted the consolidation of the state’s remaining small rural school districts into much larger, often countywide districts. However, especially in remote areas, many rural schools continued to operate well into the 1950s. (Cover documentation accepted by National Register in 1999, accepted for State Register 6/9/2004.) Multiple Property Documentation Form (PDF, 3.38 MB).
Mt. Pleasant School
Junction of County Rd. 3S and Rd. 103S, Alamosa vicinity
National Register 5/3/2006, 5AL.89
4950 S. Laredo St.
National Register 1/5/1984, 5AH.164
E. Orchard Rd.
National Register 6/25/1992, 5AH.459
Springfield Schoolhouse / Springfield Masonic Temple
281 W. 7th Ave.
National Register 10/5/1977, 5BA.313
536 Gold Run Rd.
National Register 8/3/1989, 5BL.2676
355 County Rd. 83
National Register 8/3/1989, 5BL.2675
Ward School (Ward Town Hall and Post Office)
National Register 8/3/1989, 5BL.2673
South of US Hwy. 50
National Register 4/29/1999, 5CF.333
Valley View School
County Rd. 140, Salida vicinity
State Register 9/10/2003, National Register 10/12/2003, 5CF.1598
Clear Creek County
150 County Rd. 260
State Register 3/8/1995, National Register 3/1/1996, 5CC.654
1750 County Road 13
State Register 9/24/2015, 5CT.335
304 4th St.
National Register 7/27/1989, 5CR.29
Willow Ln. between Muddy Ln. and Schoolfield Ln.
State Register 12/9/1992, National Register 5/14/1993, 5CR.213
Spring Valley School / The School House
Spring Valley & Lorraine Rds.
National Register 12/18/1978, 5DA.219
Indian Park School
1403 Colo. Hwy. 67
National Register 2/8/1978, 5DA.211
Upper Brush Creek School
State Register 9/25/2014, 5EA.1235
El Paso County
Black Forest School
6770 Shoup Rd., Colorado Springs vicinity
National Register 11/3/1992, 5EP.1753
20500 Drennan Rd., Ellicott vicinity
State Register 8/30/2007, National Register 4/16/2008, 5EP.4967
Cañon City vicinity
Garden Park School
Red Canyon Rd., Cañon City vicinity
State Register, 11/20/2008, 5FN.2192
Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse
7201 300 Rd.
National Register 4/21/1983, 5GF.135
Missouri Heights School
County Rd. 102, Carbondale vicinity
State Register 8/11/1999, National Register 9/23/1999, 5GF.2735
Canyon Creek Schoolhouse
Rd. 137, Glenwood Springs vicinity
National Register 1/6/2004, 5GF.372
County Rd. 24, Sapinero vicinity
State Register 8/9/2000, National Register 10/12/2000, 5GN.1410
2673 McManus Rd., Pagosa Springs vicinity
National Register 4/28/2005, 5HN.642
District No. 17 - Medlen School
National Register 4/14/2015, 5JF.956
226 Spring St.
National Register 9/4/1974, 5JF.194
Pleasant Valley School
4042 N. County Rd. 25E, Bellvue vicinity
National Register 10/11/2003, 5LR.792
2524 E. Vine Dr., Fort Collins vicinity
State Register 9/11/1996, National Register 4/29/1999, 5LR.778
Off W. County Rd. 80, Wellington vicinity
National Register 6/26/2008, 5LR.11895
Las Animas County
Pleasant Valley School
County Rd. 142 just south of US Hwy. 160, Branson vicinity
National Register listed 8/13/2008, 5LA.11144
County Road 171, Branson vicinity
National Register 12/22/2009, 5LA.11145
National Register 10/23/2013, 5LA.11864
Intersection of County Rds. 191 and 30, Kim vicinity
National Register 8/1/2008, 5LA.11139
Coates Creek Schoohouse
D S Rd., 16 miles west of Glade Park
National Register 2/3/1993, 5ME.6985
Pipe Line School
101 16.5 S Rd.
State Register 5/14/1997, National Register 4/29/1999, 5ME.7362
Old Ladore School
Colo. Hwy. 318, by Green River
National Register 2/24/1975, 5MF.1127
7 Eddy Ave.
State Register 9/27/2012, National Register 3/20/2013, 5MF.7384
3515 Road B, Hoyt
State Register 11/29/2007, 5MR.870
Old Trail School
421 High St.
National Register 4/20/2004, 5MR.707
National Register 6/30/2000, 5PA.1223
31000 County Rd. 77
National Register 5/16/1985, 5PA.407
Rio Blanco County
40905 County Rd. 17, Buford vicinity
State Register 2/24/2006, 5RB.4419
Coal Creek School
617 County Rd. 6
National Register, 7/18/2014, 5RB.3575
Hahn’S Peak Schoolhouse
Main St., Hahn’s Peak Village
National Register 2/15/1974, 5RT.72
Foidel Canyon School
Northwest of Oak Creek
National Register 5/9/1983, 5RT.192
33985 S. US Hwy. 40, Steamboat Springs vicinity
National Register 11/1/2007, 5RT.2389
Cottonwood St. & Carbonate Ave.
National Register 1/9/1986, 5SH.1014
120 Main St.
National Register 9/15/1983, 5ST.258
5375 Webster St.
National Register 1/9/2007, 5ST.1043
2009 County Rd. 31
National Register 10/1/1990, 5TL.305
Colo. Hwy. 60 & Weld County Rd. 25
National Register 7/6/2005, 5WL.3168