“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Westside School


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By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2010
1. Westside School Marker
Inscription. The first school in West Las Vegas opened with two rooms and two teachers for four grades.

From 1904 until 1923, children from McWilliams' Townsite crossed the railroad tracks to get to school in Clark's Townsite. This dangerous situation lasted until the Las Vegas School District built this two-room school on land in the new Valley View addition, adjoining McWillams' Townsite on the east.

The school quickly expanded with two more rooms in 1928 when news of the construction of Hoover Dam brought families from the south searching for work. A kindergarten was added in 1938, and in 1942 a small building from the Civilian Conservation Corps camp was moved to the site to house third and fourth grades. Fifth grade was added in 1947. Finally, in 1948, a concrete block addition with eight classrooms was built next to the original school building to house sixth, seventh and eight grades. In May 1949, twenty-seven students graduated in the first eight grade commencement class.

New neighborhoods and schools to serve them came quickly in the 1950s. The Westside School, was phased out for school use in 1967, and became city property in 1974. Shortly thereafter, the city leased the building to the Economic Opportunity Board (EOB) as a community center and radio station. (Marker Number 12.)
Marker series.
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By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2010
2. Westside School Marker
This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
Location. 36° 10.869′ N, 115° 8.766′ W. Marker is in Las Vegas, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker can be reached from C Street south of Jefferson Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in parking lot accessed from C Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 330 West Washington Avenue, Las Vegas NV 89106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harrison Boarding House (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. James the Apostle (approx. 0.3 miles away); McWilliams' Townsite (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jackson Street Commercial District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Moody House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Christensen House "The Castle" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Las Vegas Paiute Colony (approx. half a mile away); Moulin Rouge (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Las Vegas.
More about this marker. This site is #12 on the Pioneer Trail Route. Noted on marker: The Pioneer Trail celebrates the early history of Las Vegas, offering a glimpse of the people and places that made Las Vegas thrive.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Pioneer Trail - West Las Vegas
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By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2010
3. Westside School
 Pioneer Trail Brochure. The Pioneer Trail is the vision of the West Las Vegas community that wanted to celebrate the history of West Las Vegas and the early pioneers that settled the area and contributed to its culture and heritage. A community group was formed to interview long-time residents and research the history of the area. The result was an extensive oral history collection and access to photographic archives that wove a tale of dreams realized and lost, civil rights victories, speakeasies and the development of a strong community, ethnically diverse and culturally rich. (Submitted on December 7, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.) 
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By Michael Kindig, July 4, 2009
4. Westside School
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,072 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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