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Coloma in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Coloma Schoolhouse

 
 
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By Syd Whittle, March 17, 2009
1. Coloma Schoolhouse Marker
Inscription. In 1885 Colomaís three private school schools enrolled 187 pupils; two years later one large public school held 234 children. That school was housed in the original El Dorado County Courthouse on this site. The courthouse burned in 1915, and this school building was moved here from Slatington, near Kelsy.

The second schoolhouse was restored in 1995 through the efforts of Park staff, the Gold Discovery Park Association and El Dorado County citizens.
 
Erected by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
 
Location. 38° 47.953′ N, 120° 53.335′ W. Marker is in Coloma, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is on State Highway 49 (Main Street), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker and schoolhouse are located within the boundaries of the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Marker is in this post office area: Coloma CA 95613, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. American House Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Bell's Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Coloma
Coloma Schoolhouse and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 17, 2009
2. Coloma Schoolhouse and Marker
Marker is located to the right of the steps.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Papini House (within shouting distance of this marker); Dukehartís Barbershop and Bathhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Kane House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Odd Fellows Hall (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Coloma.
 
Also see . . .
1. Coloma and Lotus. There have been several school houses built and rebuilt where the Coloma School House stands today. The final restoration took place in Sept., 1995. The building is now open to the public for viewing due to the outstanding efforts of the Coloma Schoolhouse Restoration Committee. There is also an intensive school interpretive program. (Submitted on March 17, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. Discover Coloma. There are four walking tours you can take in Coloma. This easy, half-mile walk goes along Main Street from the Visitor Center to the School House and back. This is the area occupied by the historic town of Coloma. (Submitted on March 17, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

3. California State Parks Video Transcript.
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By Syd Whittle, March 17, 2009
3. Coloma Schoolhouse
Scroll to page 5 to read the docent transcript for the schoolhouse. (Submitted on March 17, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

4. Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park Site Map. Mapping locations of historic sites and buildings in Coloma. (Submitted on March 17, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. From the Article "Coloma - Birthplace of the California Gold Rush"
(http://freepages.history.rootsweb.
ancestry.com/~gtusa/usa/ca/coloma.htm)

In 1957 the school was closed, as the county reconsolidated all of the small school districts. In 1963 the building became an antique shop, and in 1978 it was purchased by the state. Restoration began in 1984, and in July 1987 it was opened as a museum. BUT...fate sometimes lends an interesting hand to manís best interests. Three months later a runaway logging truck with 72,000 pounds of logs remodeled the building. Unfortunately the truck and driver were uninsured, and $44,000 worth of damage to the structure occurred. Money was raised, and on September 9, 1995 the building was re-dedicated.
    — Submitted March 17, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
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By Syd Whittle, March 17, 2009
4. Coloma Schoolhouse
Gold Rush
 
Categories. EducationNotable BuildingsNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
 
Interior of the Coloma Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 17, 2009
5. Interior of the Coloma Schoolhouse
Interior of the Coloma Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 17, 2009
6. Interior of the Coloma Schoolhouse
Interior of the Coloma Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 17, 2009
7. Interior of the Coloma Schoolhouse
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,133 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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