Near Yermo in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Calico’s School House
What you are seeing here is a replica, built in the early 1950’s. Old photographs were used in order to match the architecture as closely as possible, however this replica is about one-third less than the size of the original!
Calico’s first school operated out of a boarding house until the new school was built. Overall, the “Calico School District” ran from a fall term in 1882 until fall of 1899 when Calico experienced its decline as a mining boom town.
From the Calico School District records, as many as an average of 30 pupils would be enrolled for a class term, with an average daily attendance of about half that amount! Monthly teacher’s salaries ranged from $70 to $110. In comparison, the average silver miner’s wage was three dollars a day.
Most of the children who attended were the sons & daughters of the merchants in Calico since many of the miners did not have families.
Mrs. Lucy Lane, long time resident of Calico, actually attended the old one-room school when she came here in 1885. According to her,
Calico’s last school teacher, Mrs. Margaret Kincaid Oliver, is buried here at the Calico Cemetery.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Education • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1885.
Location. 34° 57.084′ N, 116° 51.893′ W. Marker is near Yermo, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker and site are located at the far end of town, up on the hill above the town. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yermo CA 92398, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lucy Bell Lane (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Town of Calico (approx. ¼ mile away); Calico Lives Again (approx. ¼ mile away); Original Del Taco (approx. 4.1 miles away); Daggett (approx. 6.1 miles away); Daggett GarageForks of the Road (approx. 9.2 miles away); Knights of the Rails (approx. 9.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yermo.
More about this marker. See nearby Calico and Lucy Bell Lane markers for additional information.
1. From: The Ghosts of Calico
The most incredible story is one of two British tourists who reported having a long visit with a staff person in period costume, who explained to them that she was the “last teacher’ in Calico. As they were ready to leave, they had pictures taken with the self-proclaimed teacher. The last school mistress in Calico was Margaret Olivier, who passed away in 1932 and is buried in the Calico Cemetery. When the couple returned home and got their pictures developed, they were amazed to see that the “staff member” didn’t appear in the photographs. Later, they found that there had been no staff member working at the school house during their visit.
— Submitted October 28, 2008.
Additional keywords. One Room Schoolhouses
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 3,018 times since then and 23 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week April 18, 2010. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 7. submitted on December 3, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.