Coal Creek School update: May

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The completed interior restoration of the Coal Creek School. Meeker has another valuable museum to keep its history alive.
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MEEKER | Coal Creek School was filled with the sounds of children once again. Over 70 Meeker Elementary School Second graders, teachers, parents, grandparents and smaller siblings visited the school. They enjoyed outside games, inspecting the buildings and participating in some daily activities that children would have done in the early 1900s. The Rural School Project team would like to thank all the people who helped make this yearly event possible.

The visitors also viewed some new displays at the school which includes a 1917 United States map and a 1930 Colorado map. These maps were donated to Coal Creek School by Rio Blanco County. They are a great addition to helping us preserve history and educate visitors on what rural schools were like in the early 1900s.

Coal Creek School, at 617 County Road 6, only about 5 miles from town, is in the final phase of finishing restoration to its original appearance. Visitors are welcome to tour the property anytime but tours inside the school are by appointment only at this time. Contact the White River Museum 878-9982 or Janet Clark 878-4628 for more information.

Special to the Herald Times