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Murphys in Calaveras County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Murphys Grammar School

 
 
Murphys Grammar School Marker image. Click for full size.
By James King, March 9, 2013
1. Murphys Grammar School Marker
Inscription. Built in 1860, second oldest building in California used continuously for school purposes. Cost four thousand dollars for two rooms as at present. Called "Pine Grove College" by pupils. J.A. Smith, Calaveras County Superior Court judge for 37 years, began teaching career here in 1904. Dr. Albert Michelson, Nobel Prize winner in physics, is the most famous pupil. Wm.L. Redding taught longest here, 32 years.
 
Erected 1968 by Murphys Parents Club.
 
Location. 38° 8.167′ N, 120° 27.468′ W. Marker is in Murphys, California, in Calaveras County. Marker is on Jones Street 0.1 miles west of Hwy 4 (California Route 4), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Turning off of Highway 4 onto Jones Street, the marker is on the bank on the left, just before the Buena Vista Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 65 Jones Street, Murphys CA 95247, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Buena Vista Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); Dunbar House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Valente Building (about 600 feet away); Joseph Schachten (approx. 0.2 miles away);
Murphys Grammar School & Marker image. Click for full size.
By James King, March 9, 2013
2. Murphys Grammar School & Marker
National Register of Historic Places Listing #73000398
Murphys (approx. ¼ mile away); Murphy Brothers (approx. ¼ mile away); Stangetti – Solari – Cademartori Store (approx. 0.3 miles away); Albert A. Michelson (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Murphys.
 
Also see . . .  Murphys Grammar School. Murphys Grammar School holds the distinction of being California’s oldest school building in continuous use as a school. (Submitted on June 18, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Date Discrepancy
The sharp eyed reader may notice a discrepancy in the date this school was founded. The plaque and other references all state 1860 but the sign above the entrance to the school says 1850. I'm not certain which is correct.
    — Submitted June 19, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California.

 
Categories. Education
 
Murphys Grammar School Sign at Entrance image. Click for full size.
June 20, 2013
3. Murphys Grammar School Sign at Entrance
Murphys Grammar School image. Click for full size.
June 20, 2013
4. Murphys Grammar School
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 341 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by James King of San Miguel, California.   3, 4. submitted on . • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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