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The Little Blue School, Remembering Education in Sheridan County in 1902 – Sheridan Media


Eva McCrary is a student within Little Blue School

The Little Blue School building in Ranchester gives students a glimpse of what it was like to go to school in the early days of Sheridan County.

According to the book, “The Little Blue School”By Frances Stall Husdale and Audrey M. Kleinsasser, along with Dorothy Gibb and Ed Murphy’s portrait, was built in 1902. It is available at the Lilime River Branch Library.

Families living upstairs in the Five Mile Flat were a short distance from Ohlman School, and it was a long walk for young riders on horseback. The families decided to build a school near their home.

The school operated until 1949. In 1988, Little Blue School, although no longer in use, did not fall into a pile of dust, and it was one of two or three one-room schools in the remaining Sheridan district.

Several people in the Parkman-Dayton-Ranchester area were interested in relocating the school and rebuilding it. The school was relocated to the Tongue River Elementary School grounds in Ranchester.


In 1990, the restored Little Blue School was awarded as a Wyoming Centennial Project. It was presented to the School District # 1 School Board and is recognized as a heritage record of the one-room rural schools that participated in the history of Wyoming and reflected Wyoming’s initial commitment to teaching. ana.

Today, Little Blue School is located near the Ranchester Community Center. Every other day spring second grade teachers Eva McCrary and Andrea Sears, bring their students to Tongue River Elementary School to do classes in the old school. “We let them walk here and told them how to walk or horseback to school.” McCrary said. “We also talk about the history of this school.”

He added that children love it, and a trip to the field that they always remember. He also said that he has a cup that children sometimes wear and sit in the corner, which was a punishment for disobedient students in the 20th century.

The students pack lunch and stay for lunch. Mike Board, a retired Physical Education instructor who teaches at the Tongue River Elementary, teaches them the old PE games.



Annie, Annie Next, notice the ball coming to the roof

He mentioned some of the games that students enjoyed playing. “We’re going to make potato bags, Annie, Annie Over which is a tag game that involves throwing a ball at Little Blue School; London Bridge, Kick the Can, and other games.”



McCrary, shows a lunch box

Inside the school was set up as it would have been in 1902. It has a chalk board, old readers, a wood stove, pictures of Washington and Lincoln, a piano, and a water jug, tin cups, and everything. students will need to study in the early days of Sheridan County.

Although McCrary only introduced a second-grade class, most one-room schools had students from first to eighth grade, with one teacher in all grades, and older students helping younger ones. In one Slack School classroom near Parkman, one teacher has five students, from kindergarten to grade 4.

Little Blue School in Ranchester, looking back and letting students know how their grandparents learned and the games they probably played in one-room schools in Wyoming.

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