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Bayou Meto in Arkansas County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Bayou Meto Schoolhouse

 
 
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By Ashley Sides, July 25, 2021
1. Bayou Meto Schoolhouse Marker
Front of marker
Inscription.  
Listed in the Arkansas Register of Historic Places in 2003, the Bayou Meto Schoolhouse is one of the last remaining historic school buildings in the area. The first Bayou Meto school was established in 1875, within the Pampas School District. It was held in a log corncrib before moving to a private home and then to the Mount Zion Methodist Episcopal Church once located in a corner of the Bayou Meto Cemetery. In 1915, a separate one-room school was built less than a mile south of Bayou Meto. The Flood of 1927 forced the community to relocate the school to higher ground.

O.C. and John Etta Smith Lumsden donated one acre of land for this purpose and the one-room schoolhouse was moved to the present site. The Bayou Meto School District #26, created that year, served local white children in grades 1-8. In 1932, the one-room structure was replaced with the current two-room building. Between 1948 and 1960, the district slowly consolidated with DeWitt; with the structure no longer used as a school, the property returned to the Lumsden family. In 2001, the building was converted to The Schoolhouse Lodge.
 
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Bayou Meto Schoolhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ashley Sides, July 25, 2021
2. Bayou Meto Schoolhouse Marker
Back side of marker
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2021 by Grand Prairie Historical Society. (Marker Number 17.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersEducation. A significant historical year for this entry is 1875.
 
Location. 34° 13.368′ N, 91° 30.692′ W. Marker is in Bayou Meto, Arkansas, in Arkansas County. Marker is on State Highway 276 just east of Lumsden Road, on the left when traveling east. Pull into the Schoolhouse Lodge parking lot to safely view the marker. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1178 Hwy 276, Stuttgart AR 72160, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bayou Meto Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bayou Meto United Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of Arkansas Post (approx. 15.3 miles away); 38,000 Reasons to Fight (approx. 16.8 miles away); Four guns...opened on us and a thousand rifles from the pits (approx. 16.8 miles away); On they come like an irresistible thunder bolt (approx. 17 miles away); Where is Fort Hindman? (approx. 17 miles away); Our ironclads and gunboats knocked the fort to pieces (approx. 17 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bayou Meto.
 
Bayou Meto Schoolhouse Marker at the Schoolhouse Lodge image. Click for full size.
By Ashley Sides, July 25, 2021
3. Bayou Meto Schoolhouse Marker at the Schoolhouse Lodge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2021, by Ashley Sides of Little Rock, Arkansas. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on July 26, 2021, by Ashley Sides of Little Rock, Arkansas.   2, 3. submitted on July 27, 2021, by Ashley Sides of Little Rock, Arkansas. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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