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Lower Lake in Lake County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Lower Lake Schoolhouse

Lower Lake Landmark

 
 
Lower Lake Schoolhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein
1. Lower Lake Schoolhouse Marker
Inscription. Built by Leslie P. Nichols and brother in 1877, it was the only schoolhouse in the county made of bricks from a local kiln. The school was two stories high. The top floor was used as the town hall, and school was held on the lower floor. It housed students from 1st through 9th grades and was one of the finest schoolhouses in Northern California. The first teacher was Albert Morrell.
 
Location. 38° 54.605′ N, 122° 36.342′ W. Marker is in Lower Lake, California, in Lake County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Mill Street, on the left on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16435 Main Street, Lower Lake CA 95457, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clearlake Lodge #130 I.O.O.F. (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lower Lake Stone Jail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stone House (approx. 7.2 miles away); Ranch House (approx. 10.9 miles away); First Church in Middletown (approx. 11 miles away); First Methodist Church Site (approx. 11 miles away); Old Bull Trail Road and St. Helena Toll Road (approx. 11.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  The Schoolhouse Story. The Lower Lake Schoolhouse
Lower Lake Schoolhouse Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 7, 2011
2. Lower Lake Schoolhouse Marker - wide view
The marker, visible here, is mounted to the large oak tree next to the sidewalk leading to the schoolhouse museum, approximately 9 feet off the ground.
Museum presents a history of the building. Includes several photos of the structure, showing its changes over time. (Submitted on May 13, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Education
 
Schoolhouse Classroom image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 7, 2011
3. Schoolhouse Classroom
The former schoolhouse is now a schoolhouse museum, exhibiting artifacts relevant to the history of the local area. One room, shown here, is set to depict a school room days from gone by.
Lower Lake Schoolhouse in 1902 image. Click for full size.
Unknown, image courtesy of the Lower Lake Schoolhouse Museum, 1902
4. Lower Lake Schoolhouse in 1902
"In it [Lower Lake] are two hotels, one church building, a Masonic and Odd Fellows Hall, quite a number of business houses and a fine two-story brick public school building - one that would be a credit to a much larger town or a far more wealthy county. This school building was erected by the enterprise of the people of Lower Lake and vicinity, and shows that they are endowed with much public spirit...." - San Francisco Call, 1882 [Excerpt on display in the museum.]
Lower Lake Schoolhouse today image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 7, 2011
5. Lower Lake Schoolhouse today
The 1906 earthquake damaged the building considerably, with the result that its resemblance was greatly altered by the ensuing repairs - the walls were covered with stucco, the roofline was changed, and the bell tower was removed. Subsequent to that, the building underwent several changes in ownership and remodelings. The building was restored in 1992-193, with the bell tower being added back to the structure in 2007.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 397 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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