Old Red Old Ten North Dakota Scenic Byway | Things to do

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One-Room Schoolhouse

Main Street
Taylor, ND

Lat:46.9006  Lon:-102.425

One of the more interesting chapters in North Dakotan history involves the one-room "country schools" that were scattered throughout the state from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s. One-room schoolhouses were a logical solution to the problem of a wide-spread population and very poor road infrastructure. Children today can ride a school bus 20 or 30 miles to go to school. A commute that far in 1900 would have taken up the entire day. Consequently, small schools called "country schools,” as opposed to "town schools,” were built about every three miles or so, within a reasonable walking or horseback-riding distance from their farms. Yes, those stories that your grandparents told you about them having to walk three miles in the snow to go to school really were true! The original instructions given to teachers in the Dakota Territory in that era included that teachers were to fill lamps, clean chimneys and trim wicks daily, bring a scuttle of coal and a bucket of water daily for that day’s use, and whittle pen nibs for the individual tastes of each of their students. Male teachers were allotted one evening each week for courting purposes, or two evenings a week if they went to church regularly. Women teachers who married or engaged in any unseemly behavior were to be dismissed. Any teacher who smoked, used liquor, frequented a pool or public hall or visited a barbershop was expected to give good reasons for their worth, intentions, integrity and honesty, and any teacher who performed their duties faithfully and without fault for a period of five years would be given a raise of 25 cents a week, pending approval from the Board of Education.