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Property Name Alderman School District #78
Reference Number 13000452
State North Dakota
County Barnes
Town Valley City
Street Address Eleven Miles North of Valley City on County Route 21
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 6/25/2013
Areas of Significance Education, Architecture
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Alderman School of Bames County School District 78 is eligible at the local level under criteria A and C. It has a strong association with rural education in its school district as it existed as a school from 1928 - 1959. It embodies in its architectural details many regulations that reflected current best practices for rural education, such as best natural lighting, best heating and ventilation, blackboards, and best sanitation practices of the time. It is the best preserved oneroom rural school in Barnes County with no architectural modifications (although the chemical toilets and holding tank were removed as was the flooring in the basement) or additions.


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