Moore School

Moore School (HM1MHI)

Location: Big Spring, TX 79720 Howard County
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N 32° 18.544', W 101° 31.336'

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In 1906 a group of pioneers arrived on the frontier north of Big Spring to take advantage of rancher Sid Moore's offer to sell land to farmers. Four acres were set aside, and a one-room school was built in 1906. The first school term, with one teacher and fifteen students, lasted six months. A second teacher was hired in 1908, and a curtain was used to partition the classrooms.

Both school and community were named in honor of Moore. The school became the center of community activities, and on one occasion a double wedding was held on the front steps. The school trustees, besides serving as administrators, took care of repairs and maintenance work. A residence for teachers was added in 1933, and a 1934 bond election provided funds to enlarge the school and build a gymnasium.

The school and community experienced some hard times, and the year 1917 is remembered as one of the worst. Young men were lost to World War I, and an influenza epidemic devastated the community.

On February 26, 1945, the school and adjoining buildings were destroyed by fire. The school was never rebuilt, and the district was discontinued and partitioned as required by the Gilmer-Aiken School Law in 1949.

Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986
Marker Number3459
Year Placed1986
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, August 3rd, 2015 at 2:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 262527 N 3577489
Decimal Degrees32.30906667, -101.52226667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 18.544', W 101° 31.336'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 18' 32.64" N, 101° 31' 20.16" W
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Area Code(s)432
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 999 Moore School Rd, Big Spring TX 79720, US
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