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Boulder in Jefferson County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

Montana State School

Montana State School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 14, 2021
1. Montana State School Marker
Inscription.  Montana pledged its commitment to children with disabilities in 1887 when Territorial Governor Preston Leslie requested funds for a Montana Deaf and Dumb Asylum. Its title, although shocking by today’s standards, reflects accepted nineteenth-century terminology and attitudes. Upon statehood in 1889, Congress granted Montana 50,000 acres of land to raise funds for the school. The 1893 legislature provided operating expenses and chose Boulder as the site. Students attended classes in a private home while the school built this first campus building, begun in 1896 and completed in 1898. Despite its formidable name, the school offered innovative college-preparatory instruction and training for deaf and blind youth. In 1903, the state legislature changed the name to the Montana School for the Deaf and Dumb, thereby acknowledging that it was not an “asylum,” but rather a public school for children with special needs. By 1915, additional buildings increased the campus capacity to 200 students, who ranged from ages 5 to 20. By this time its mission had expanded to include educating developmentally disabled youth. Until the 1930s, this building served
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numerous purposes as the center of activities, housing for students and staff, and dining rooms. Blind students learned various manual industries and deaf students learned lip-reading in addition to the usual public school curriculum. The school also offered an extensive music program. State architect John C. Paulsen designed the building of local brick and granite, appropriately trimmed in Montana copper. The blending of Italianate and Renaissance revival styles, and its long institutional service, mark this Boulder landmark as a state milestone.  
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 46° 13.881′ N, 112° 6.912′ W. Marker is in Boulder, Montana, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Grizzly Drive near Main Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1107 Grizzly Drive, Boulder MT 59632, 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. Jefferson County Courthouse (approx. half a mile away); The Boulder River Bridge (approx. 1.8 miles away); Boulder Hot Springs (approx. 2.4 miles
Montana State School and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 14, 2021
2. Montana State School and Marker
The marker is among the trees on the left.
away); a different marker also named Boulder Hot Springs (approx. 2.4 miles away); Mining Country (approx. 7 miles away); Jib Mill (approx. 7.9 miles away); Freighters (approx. 13.1 miles away); Elkhorn Mountain Volcanoes (approx. 13.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boulder.
Montana State School image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 14, 2021
3. Montana State School
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 19, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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