Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
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
Marker series. 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. Marker is in parking lot accessed from C Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 330 West Washington Avenue, Las Vegas NV 89106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map 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
Also see . . . Pioneer Trail Brochure. The Pioneer Trail is the vision of the West (Submitted on December 7, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 28, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,150 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on December 28, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 28, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 4. submitted on December 8, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.