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Camano City Schoolhouse and Community Hall History

 
 
Camano City Schoolhouse and Community Hall History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 8, 2019
1. Camano City Schoolhouse and Community Hall History Marker
Inscription.  The Camano City School District #18 was formed in 1903. This classic example of that eras "One-Room Schoolhouse” was built around 1905, to serve the children of the surrounding community of about 300 families.

The land was deeded to the school district, for just $1 in 1911 by Camano Land & Lumber Company, which employed many Camano City residents in varied aspects of local timber work.

The school's first teacher was Maude Hayden from the farm country of Iowa, who made the long, cross-country rail trip westward to Seattle, followed by, "a very scary boat ride” to Camano Island. Archives reveal her salary was $40. per month. In addition to regular classes, the schoolhouse was often used as an informal community gathering place for a variety of public meetings and events.

In 1936, Camano Island and Stanwood School Districts were consolidated and the Camano schoolhouse transitioned to very frequent use as the Camano City Community Hall. It served thereafter, as a polling place, courthouse, and venue for frequent community meetings, celebrations and entertainment. The "Camano Sparklers", Women's Auxilary

Camano City Schoolhouse/Community Hall and History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 8, 2019
2. Camano City Schoolhouse/Community Hall and History Marker
The marker is visible here in the kiosk on the right.
of Fire District #1 became the building's managers.

In December 2012, the Camano Schoolhouse Foundation/CSF purchased the building and half acre site, from Camano Fire and Rescue District #1. CSF will manage, rent and preserve this historic symbol of Camano's past, as a distinctive and vibrant public gathering place, for a diverse range of educational and entertaining community events and family celebrations.
 
Erected by Camano Schoolhouse Foundation.
 
Location. 48° 10.499′ N, 122° 31.624′ W. Marker is in Camano, Washington, in Island County. Marker is on Orchid Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Camano Island WA 98282, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History of Camano/Camano City (here, next to this marker); Utsalady Historic Site (approx. 5.7 miles away); The Crockett Blockhouse (approx. 6.7 miles away); Guarding the Entrance to Puget Sound – Coast Artillery Corps (approx. 7.1 miles away); The Jolly Boat (approx. 7.7 miles away); Col. Isaac Neff Ebey – Rebecca Whitey Ebey (approx. 7.9 miles away); Zylstra Law Office (approx. 8 miles away); Original Home of Seattle’s Best Coffee (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camano.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 6, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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