GOODING — The Gooding County Historical Society will hold a grand opening Saturday of its newly restored 105-year-old schoolhouse.

The one-room school, built in 1912 at Thorn Creek, 11 miles northeast of Gooding, was donated to the historical society and rehabilitated at the museum site.

The society members raised $13,000 in donations to restore the building, museum Director Lorna Bard said Wednesday.

The school operated at Thorn Creek, a community of ranch families, until it merged with the Gooding School District in 1947. Seventeen students attended the school in 1941, Bard said.

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Two families competed for the school in 1912, she said. Then the “losing” family moved the finished building more than a mile in the dead of night, on skids over snow and frozen ground, to its longtime site. By 1920, the eight-grade school had outhouses, a windmill and a teacherage.

Norma Moody Burnum, the only student in her class, was the last student to graduate from the school.

In 1991, the schoolhouse was donated to the Gooding County Fairgrounds by Frank and Alma Varin. The building was moved for the final time to the Gooding museum in 2010.


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