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Waterford Mills in Elkhart County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Waterford Elementary School

Winona Railway Trail

 
 
Waterford Elementary School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 27, 2013
1. Waterford Elementary School Marker
Inscription.  The history of Waterford School dates back to a log cabin one mile west of town in about 1830. The first school built in town was a frame building erected on the southwest corner of Egbert Road and South Main Street in 1836. A new one-story brick school was built across the street, on its present site in 1858. A larger, two-story brick structure replaced that building in 1871. In 1900, an addition was made to enlarge the school to four rooms, offering first through eight grades and some high school classes.

In 1920, a new school was built on this site. It had five classrooms and steam heat. During the construction, students were taught in two nearby churches. Building additions were placed to the east in 1952, 1966, 1970 and 1988.

The enrollment reached one hundred students in 1926 and topped out at five hundred and eighty-eight in 1972. The normal enrollment at Waterford Elementary School is approximately five hundred students.
 
Erected by Goshen Parks & Recreation Department.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1830.
 
Location.
Waterford Elementary School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 27, 2013
2. Waterford Elementary School Marker
Waterford Elementary School in background
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41° 32.656′ N, 85° 49.55′ W. Marker is in Waterford Mills, Indiana, in Elkhart County. Marker can be reached from S. Main Street (State Road 15) north of Egbert Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at the southern trail head for the Winona Railway Trail; it is adjacent to the rear parking lot for the Bethany Christian Schools. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Goshen IN 46526, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A History of the Winona / Bethany Christian Schools (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Engines of the Winona (approx. half a mile away); Violett Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); A History of the Winona (approx. 1.2 miles away); Pioneer Dierdorff Cemetery Folk Lore (approx. 1.2 miles away); Goshen College (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Goshen Dam and Millrace Hydraulic Canal (approx. 1.3 miles away); Wyland Brothers Landing (approx. 1.9 miles away).
 
Winona Railway Trail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 27, 2013
3. Winona Railway Trail
Marker is located at the southern trail head for the trail
Waterford Elementary School image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 27, 2013
4. Waterford Elementary School
Close-up of image on marker. Marker caption reads, "Photograph depicting Waterford Elementary School as it looked in 1871."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 28, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 463 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 28, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

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