National and State Register

Gas Creek School

Chaffee County

The 1909 Gas Creek School served as Chaffee County School District No. 20’s only school from 1909 to 1958.

A photo of the Gas Creek School near Nathrop in Chaffee County

Gas Creek School 

The one-teacher, one-room school provided instruction for students living on ranches and farms in the surrounding agricultural area of Chaffee County. The property tangibly illustrates the spread of public education and the value that Gas Creek area farmers and ranchers placed on schooling. The school was also a venue for community functions, including meetings, dances, celebrations, and dinners. Further, it is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a one-room rural schoolhouse and a relatively rare example of one constructed in brick.

Listed under the Rural School Buildings in Colorado Multiple Property Submission.