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Strawberry in Gila County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Strawberry School

 
 
The Strawberry School National Register of Historic Places Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, August 15, 2010
1. The Strawberry School National Register of Historic Places Marker
Inscription. The Strawberry School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built by pioneers in 1885, this one-room cabin provided elementary instruction to students until 1916. The building represents the effort to teach the "Three Rs" in rural Arizona during territorial and early statehood periods. The building is significant for its contribution to education and as a rare surviving example of an Arizona log schoolhouse.
 
Erected by Pine-Strawberry Historical Society.
 
Location. 34° 24.342′ N, 111° 31.139′ W. Marker is in Strawberry, Arizona, in Gila County. Marker is on Fossil Creek Road 1.8 miles west of State Route 87, on the right. Click for map. Large sign on north (right) side of Fossil Creek Road marks the location of the Strawberry School/Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Pine AZ 85544, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Pine Community Center Historic District (approx. 3.9 miles away); Camp Verde Arizona to Payson Arizona Mail Trail (approx. 3.9 miles away); General Crook Trail (approx. 8.6 miles away); Ranger Station
The Strawberry School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, August 15, 2010
2. The Strawberry School Marker
Many school teachers make the pilgrimage to this example of the way things were, and have friends take their picture for their desks in modern schools.
(approx. 15.6 miles away); Zane Grey's Cabin (approx. 15.6 miles away); Mogollon Rim Country Firefighters Memorial (approx. 15.6 miles away); Historic Mail Trail (approx. 15.9 miles away); Site of Rock Store (approx. 15.9 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is located under a large Gambel Oak tree on the east (right) side of the entrance drive, immediately south of the school.
 
Regarding The Strawberry School. The Strawberry School, in addition to being an example of an excellently restored and preserved pioneer Arizona log structure, is an excellent museum to see the meaning of the words of the song my (Oklahoma/Texas) pioneer grandmother used to sing,

School days, school days,
Dear old golden rule days.
'Readin' and 'ritin' and 'rithmetic,
Taught to the tune of a hick'ry stick.
I was your queen in calico,
You were my bashful barefoot beau,
And I wrote on your slate,
'I love you, Joe,'
When we were a couple of kids.

'Member the hill, Nellie Darling,
And the oak tree that grew on its brow?
They've built forty stories
Upon that old hill,
And the oak's an old chestnut now.
'Member
Looking North to the Strawberry School House image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, August 15, 2010
3. Looking North to the Strawberry School House
the meadows so green, dear,
So fragrant with clover and maize,
Into new city lots
And apartment block plots,
They've torn them up since those days.
 
Also see . . .  The Strawberry Schoolhouse/Pine-Strawberry Historical Society Web Page. Includes links to the history of the school and additional information. (Submitted on September 17, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.) 
 
Categories. EducationSettlements & Settlers
 
Inside Strawberry School House image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, August 15, 2010
4. Inside Strawberry School House
From the southeast side of the house looking toward the blackboards on the north side.
The Strawberry School image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, August 15, 2010
5. The Strawberry School
Looking from the front of the room (north) toward the door on the south.
The View East Over the Strawberry School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, August 15, 2010
6. The View East Over the Strawberry School Marker
A nicely thinned grove of pines with picnic bench and Fossil Creek Road are east of the marker.
South Over the Strawberry School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, August 15, 2010
7. South Over the Strawberry School Marker
Looking south from the marker, one can see the barrel of flowers and sign marking the turn off from Fossil Creek Road.
West From the Strawberry School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, August 15, 2010
8. West From the Strawberry School Marker
Looking west toward the Arizona Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution marker.
The Strawberry School House and its Sign image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, August 15, 2010
9. The Strawberry School House and its Sign
Arizona Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English
10. Arizona Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Dedication Plaque
This plaque is located in a clump of gambel oak and alligator juniper trees on the west (left)side as one pulls into the parking lot.
Strawberry Schoolhouse DAR Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English
11. Strawberry Schoolhouse DAR Plaque
Strawberry School House image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, June 20, 2011
12. Strawberry School House
Strawberry School House image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, June 20, 2011
13. Strawberry School House
Strawberry School House and Out Building image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, June 20, 2011
14. Strawberry School House and Out Building
Strawberry School House Outhouse image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, June 20, 2011
15. Strawberry School House Outhouse
Nearby Totem image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, June 20, 2011
16. Nearby Totem
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. This page has been viewed 781 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on , by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.   12, 13, 14, 15, 16. submitted on , by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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