Oldest Schoolhouse in Arizona:
Strawberry Schoolhouse

Marker:
Strawberry Schoolhouse

Location:
9277 Fossil Creek Road
Strawberry, Gila County, Arizona
34.405496, -111.518627

Historical Significance:
Strawberry School is the oldest one‑room schoolhouse made of logs in Arizona and is preserved today. It was built in 1885 but abandoned in 1916 after falling in disrepair. Since 2005, after its restoration, the site has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The marker reads, “The Arizona Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, in keeping with the National Society tenets of patriotic endeavor, historic preservation, and education, recognizes the brave pioneers who established this oldest existing log school house in Arizona, and the people who later preserved it. 1993.”

Other schools with DAR markers include:

Scottsdale Grammar School #1, the Little Red Schoolhouse

Scottsdale Grammar School #2

New River school site

Dedicated:
December 19, 1993

Sponsor:
Arizona State Society DAR

A collage of three snapshots at Arizona's oldest school . (1) Plaque. (2) A log-cabin style school building in a setting with pine and other trees. (3) The school interior with a chalkboard, teacher’s desk, dunce stool and cap in the corner, and student desks. The walls are square-hewn logs.
Views of the Strawberry, Arizona, schoolhouse, undated images.

  

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