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Chowchilla in Madera County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Dairyland School

100 Years: September 1915-2015

 
 
Dairyland School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Grub-Gulch Chapter 41-49
1. Dairyland School Marker
Inscription.  Prior to 1915 children who lived in the northern Munich District of Madera County had to ride the train to Chowchilla to receive their education. To answer the need for a local school, Dairyland opened in September 1915 in the DeSpain house. Plans were made by the school trustees and the Dairyland Ladies' Improvement Club to build a two room schoolhouse with a bell tower. Completed in 1916, this was considered one of the finest schools in the valley thanks to its large grounds and park-like setting of sycamore and eucalyptus trees. Following suit, four additional schools were built in the area: Alamo, Ashview, Bethel and Central. Over the years all five schools merged to create the Alview-Dairyland School District. One hundred years later the original bell tower still proudly stands.
 
Erected 2015 by Grub Gulch Chapter 41-49 E Clampus Vitus.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1915.
 
Location. 37° 1.102′ N, 120° 
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18.649′ W. Marker is in Chowchilla, California, in Madera County. Marker is at the intersection of Avenue 18 1/2 and Road 13, on the right when traveling west on Avenue 18 1/2. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12861 Avenue 18 1/2, Chowchilla CA 93610, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dixieland School (approx. 6 miles away); Mammoth Orange (approx. 7.1 miles away); Chowchilla Union High School (approx. 7.3 miles away); Railroads of Chowchilla (approx. 7˝ miles away); Berenda (approx. 8.8 miles away); Andrew Davidson Firebaugh (approx. 13.6 miles away).
 
Dairyland School and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sal Flores
2. Dairyland School and Marker
Marker is visible at the base of the flagpole.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2020, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 234 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 14, 2020.   2. submitted on April 14, 2020, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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