Criterion School, District 58, of Wasco County, Oregon was opened in 1912. It was a one room schoolhouse located out in the Oregon high desert near Maupin, Oregon. It served for many years as a schoolhouse, a Sunday School, a dance hall, a voting space, and other community events.
In 1976, the Oregon State Fairgrounds agreed to host the Criterion Schoolhouse, District 58, from Wasco County Oregon. It was placed in time for the 1976 State Fair. It was chosen out of over 50 schools from around Oregon for a bicentennial display by the state school board and education department.
It made the 200 mile trip through Madras and Redmond with no roof, as Oregon law at the time would not permit it to travel with the roof intact. Volunteers and National Guard members coordinated the move.
Keep reading for more information about Criterion School, some personal notes and stories of students and teachers at the school, and newspaper clippings from the move. Make sure to visit during the Fair, too!
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