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Columbia in Monroe County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Historic Shoemaker School

 
 
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By Thomas Smith, July 4, 2019
1. Historic Shoemaker School Marker
Inscription.  Shoemaker School became a part of the Columbia School District in 1950. Since the school's directors had already contracted Marian Maag to teach for the 1950-51 term prior to this consolidation, the old school was kept open for one final year. In 1992, the school building was moved to its present site in order to avoid demolition due to the widening of Illinois 3. Acquired by the city of Columbia in 2009. the school has now been transformed into the Monroe County Welcome Center and associated facilities.

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In 1851, a log school building was built by Hammond Schoemaker on his farm south of Columbia for his children and the families of his neighbors. Schoemaker was the only doctors along the Cahokia- Kaskaskia Trail, the major pioneer thoroughfare across Illinois territory. A new brick school building was built on the farm in 1867 By Fred Koch Construction for $800. In 1891, in accordance with a new school law, the one room school organized as Schoemaker District #4.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1950.
 
Location.
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By Thomas Smith
2. Shoemaker School Building
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38° 26.109′ N, 90° 11.444′ W. Marker is in Columbia, Illinois, in Monroe County. Marker is on Gall Road just south of Old Illinois Route 3, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6 Gall Rd, Columbia IL 62236, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Whiteside Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Schmidt Beer Cave (approx. ¼ mile away); Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rohm House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Eichmuller-Rau Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); German Style Cottage (approx. 0.4 miles away); Schmidt House & Brewery (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 28, 2020, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. This page has been viewed 60 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 28, 2020, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
 
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