Work underway on Coal Creek School renovation

Work is now underway to renovate Coal Creek School, the oldest school in Rio Blanco County still standing in its original location. Being on the National Register of Historic Places and Colorado State Register of Historic Properties requires specialized expertise in historic restoration for completing Phase I.

MEEKER I Coal Creek School, the oldest school in Rio Blanco County still standing on its original location, is being restored by MM-Eight Construction to its original 1882 exterior appearance. On May 19, after 124 years in darkness, the foundation was excavated by T&M Contracting, exposing the various size stones it had been firmly resting […]

Restoration to begin…

From left to right: Martha Cole, Joede Schoeberlein, Alan Nielsen, Janet Clark, Gheda Gayou, Trevor Everett, Eric Jaquez and Ellen Reichert took part in a pre-construction meeting with all parties involved with the restoration of the Coal Creek School. What each one does: Martha Cole, Janet Clark and Ellen Reichert on the Rural School Committee; Joede Schoeberlein, architect; Gheda Gayou, Colorado State Historical Preservation Specialist; MM-Eight Construction - Trevor Everett and Alan Nielsen; and RBC Project Coordinator Eric Jaquez.

Letter to the Editor: Grateful to those who attended box social

Dear Editor: Thank you to all who came to the Dessert Box Social at the Buford School House.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks to those who helped with Coal Creek School social

Dear Editor: The Rio Blanco Rural Schools Project team wishes to express its appreciation to the White River Community Association, which generously hosted our fundraiser for the restoration of Coal Creek School at the Buford School on Aug. 30.

Dessert box social a success

Dr. Albert Krueger, left, enjoys a hamburger during the Coal Creek School Benefit Dessert Social held Saturday evening at the Buford School. The social was to raise money for restoring the Coal Creek School to its near-original condition, and roughly $1,500 was raised.

BUFORD I The days of box socials and dancing on the old wooden floors of our rural schools are still alive, thanks to the White River Community Association, which invited the community to Buford Rural School this past Saturday evening for a fundraiser.

Box social on Aug. 30 at Buford School to benefit Coal Creek School

BUFORD I The White River Community Association (WRCA), which has preserved and now maintains the rural Buford School upriver, is putting on its dancing shoes and graciously inviting the community to be a part of recreating history and supporting another rural school.