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Kalispell in Flathead County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Central School

East Side Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Central School Marker
Inscription.  Kalispell residents exulted over the construction of the community’s first permanent schoolhouse, and the Inter Lake proudly declared that “nothing decides the intellectual status of a town or city as surely as its schools.” The Richardsonian Romanesque style brick building, designed by William White of Great Falls, welcomed its first students on January 1, 1895. Four teachers had charge of almost 200 high school and elementary students; a fifth teacher joined the staff a month later. The high school graduated its first six students in the spring of 1898, but it moved soon after 1900, leaving Central School’s eight rooms to the lower grades. The school became Kalispell’s first junior high when elementary students relocated and seventh and eighth grades moved here in 1929. All other city schools were renamed in 1940, but as the hub of district activities, Central School kept its original name. Administrative offices remained here until 1969. In 1927, city officials declared the workmanship of this splendid building a lesson in “old-time thoroughness and pride ... worthy of emulation.” So it remains today.
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Central School and Marker
The marker is to the right of the central arch.
Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducation. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.842′ N, 114° 18.624′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 2nd Avenue East near 2nd Street East, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 124 2nd Avenue East, Kalispell MT 59901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Missoula Mercantile/Kalispell Mercantile (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carnegie Library (about 500 feet away); Main Street Commercial Historic District (about 600 feet away); Knight and Twining Block (about 700 feet away); Heller Building (about 700 feet away); Masonic Temple (about 700 feet away); Brewery Saloon (about 700 feet away); Kalispell Hotel (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
Also see . . .  The Museum at Central School -- Flathead Beacon. For nearly 100 years, the Central School building in Kalispell was a high school, junior high school, grade school and classroom for the Flathead Valley Community College. It’s fitting that the tradition of education is carried on
Central School image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
3. Central School
there today.
(Submitted on November 23, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
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4. Central School
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 23, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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