Near Stinnett in Hutchinson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
A county-wide public school district was established soon after Hutchinson County was created in 1901. As more people began to settle in the area, regional school districts were formed.
Common School District No. 8 was established in the northeastern corner of the county in 1902. The first schoolhouse, located on land owned by Benjamin Calvin Holt, was a one-room structure built in 1903.
This two-room schoolhouse was constructed in 1916 with lumber and other building materials hauled in from Texoma, Oklahoma. The simple wooden structure exhibits classical revival style detailings, especially in the gable entrance. Other features include oversized windows and decorative wood shingles.
Regular school classes were held here until 1935, when students began attending school in Spearman. The building, however, remained a community gathering place. The site of worship services, weddings and funerals, it has also hosted community activities such as quilting bees and local theater productions and continues to serve as an election polling place. The school buildings and grounds were deeded to the Holt Cemetery Association
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1989
Erected 1989 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2515.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education.
Location. 36° 1.389′ N, 101° 13.824′ W. Marker is near Stinnett, Texas, in Hutchinson County. Marker is on County Highway 22, 0.1 miles north of Farm to Market Road 281, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stinnett TX 79083, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Drift Fence (here, next to this marker); Holt Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Adobe Walls Battle Ground (approx. 9.7 miles away); a different marker also named Drift Fence (approx. 10.7 miles away); Lindberghs Land at Spearman (approx. 10.8 miles away); Santa Fe Railroad Stationmaster's House (approx. 12.2 miles away); Spearman (approx. 12.2 miles away); Robert E. (Bob) Martin (approx. 12.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stinnett.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 23, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.