Coal Creek School is the oldest rural school, established in 1884. The present building was built in 1892. Its unique and elaborate construction included stone walls and a fancy gabled end with shingles arranged in scalloped and diamond designs. A neat belfry originally adorned the front of the building. The bell now resides at the White River Museum.

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Coal Creek School - 1896 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1949, students were transported to Meeker and the building was closed for school purposes but was utilized for community gatherings.

Coal Creek Schoolhouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coal Creek School was placed on the Rio Blanco County Historic Preservation list in 2013 and added to the State and National Historic Register July 2014. It is now in position to be historically preserved! To read more details, click on this article: Coal Creek School Headed to Historical Preservation!

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