DeWitt School

DeWitt School (HM1OBK)

Location: Spring Lake, MI 49456 Ottawa County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 6.159', W 86° 13.833'

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Built in 1891, DeWitt School typifies the one-room schools of the turn of the century. It stands on an acre of land that was donated by the DeWitt and Bosch families. Classes for grades one through eight were held in it until 1957. At one time, a single teacher taught from twenty-five to forty students by holding one ten-minute session per subject for each of the eight grades. The original school district covered approximately four square miles, and many children walked more than two miles to and from school daily. Nearly two decades after the school closed, planning began for restoring it as a living museum for area school children. By 1979 the classroom resembled its 1891 appearance, featuring gas lights, a wood stove, an octagonal clock, a hanging globe, lunch pails and desk.
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HM NumberHM1OBK
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
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Marker NumberL0640
Year Placed1982
Placed ByMichigan History Division, Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 562612 N 4772501
Decimal Degrees43.10265000, -86.23055000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 6.159', W 86° 13.833'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 6' 9.54" N, 86° 13' 49.98" W
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Area Code(s)231, 616
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 17508-17698 Taft Rd, Spring Lake MI 49456, US
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