A serious group of students stand next to one of the many rural schoolhouses in the Kittitas Valley during the late 1890s. A student posed with the female teacher on the left along with two mothers and a father. The large wooden structure provided space for two classrooms, an entry way and a coat room. The building was heated by a wood or coal burning stove. The bell tower and flag pole can be seen atop the school. A small wooden "outhouse" behind the school was a necessary facility. The rural schoolhouses also provided a meeting place for rural farmers and their families.
"Rural School in Kittitas Valley" (1897). Ellensburg History Photographs. 118.
Local History Collection Photographs, Ellensburg Public Library
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