Where are the old schools now?

Vulcan County had within its limits, 123 school districts. Of those districts, six never had a schoolhouse. For most, it was because they were included in Consolidated School Districts. For one, Pasture Land, it was formed only after the County began, for taxation purposes. The histories for the others, from A to Y, have now been posted.

With the passing of so many years, one would suppose that only a few of the old school buildings would remain. Recent efforts (2010) have found thirty-five still standing. Some are abandoned and in poor shape. Others have been remodelled and modernized. Those left have a variety of uses: museums, library, private residences, tea room, church, Legion Hall, seniors’ center, farm shop, granary, community halls, hunting cabin. Still standing are: Bancroft, Berrywater, Black Spring Ridge, Black Spring Valley, Bow Valley, Bowville, Burdock, Corbie Hill, Derry, East Arrowwood, East Majorville, Ensign, First Chance, Garrard, Harvard, Kasimir, Kirkcaldy, Liberty, Long Coulee, Midway, Trego II (Mossleigh), Peace, Prospect Slope, Reid Hill, Sanderson, Sherwood, Snake Creek (foundation only), Snake Valley, Sunset Valley, Travers, Union Jack, Wilderman, Willard I and Willard II.

Sadly, over forty are gone. Some burned, some were demolished, one blew down. Those gone are: Alston, Armada, Arrowwood Consolidated, Auburn, Buffalo, Blind Creek I, Blind Creek II, Blusson, Boyne, Brant 1283, Burwash, Carmangay 2087, Champion 2795, Champion Consolidated, Cottonwood Grove (Loma), Dunree, Emerson 1283, Ferrodale, Giffen, Gold Coin, Harmony, Herronton and Herronton H. S., Hiawatha, Highland, Kirkdale, Lake McGregor, La Salle, Lomond Consolidated, Marshall, McIntyre, Mica, Milo 4251, Pioneer, Pleasant Grove, Queenstown, Red Cross, New Reid Hill, Richmond Hill, Robertson, Sand Pit, Sharon, South Richmond (Twin Coulee), Sunny Glen, Sunny Plains, Swastika (Wayside), Sweet Valley, Thigh Hill, Trego I, Vulcan 1902, Washington, Yale, Yetwood.

To date, we have been unable to find what happened to over thirty of the schools. We have found mention that two went to High River, one to the Stavely area, one to Enchant, one to Vauxhall, one to New West (north of Travers), one to Circle Hill, one to Bow City. We do not know if these buildings are still standing. We are still attempting to find what happened to all our missing schools. If you know of the whereabouts of a standing school building, or if you know what happened to one of the old schools that have not been listed above, it would be greatly appreciated if you could send the information to the Vulcan and District Historical Society, Box 104, Vulcan, AB T0L 2B0  or email the information to vdhs@telus.net

The unknown: Adler, Amethyst, Antrim, Arrowwood 1773, Bow, Old Brant 1201, Dufferin, Eastway, Elmdale, Emerson 1201, Fawn Hill, Fireguard, Forestville, Grand Springs, Green Prairie, Harvey, Kinnondale, Mayview, Old Mossleigh 1423, Ocean Wave,  Plainfield, Plain Valley, Plateau, Prairie Queen, Ridgeway, Rocky Buttes, Rolling Prairie, Rosemead, Ryckman, Shouldice and Sunny Lake.

March 10-The fate of more of the schools have been found. Emerson, Harvey, Forestville, Old Mossleigh, Plain Valley and Brant are all gone. Fireguard and Mayview were found.


  1. avatar cody.shearer
    Posted November 15, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to sincerely thank the Vulcan and District Historical Society Archives Committee for their hard work and research on the rural schools. They have been an integral part of the Vulcan County History Blog and the articles can now serve as historical resources for the people of Vulcan County forever. Thank you!

  2. Posted February 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    According to the Lomond News in the June 30, 1932 edition of the Calgary Herald, the Forrestville School was moved into Lomond by C.R. Adams and C.F. Koch to be used as an Anglican Church.

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