Sioux Lookout dedicates plaque for 1st schoolhouse

Members of the Sioux Lookout Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated a plaque at Brown’s Shoe Fit Friday, commemorating the site of the first school in North Platte at what is now Fifth and Dewey streets. Pictured are, from left, Michelle Lepomech, Jan Bollish, Mary E. Agler and Beth Schanou.

The Sioux Lookout chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated a plaque commemorating the first schoolhouse in North Platte on Friday.

The log schoolhouse was located at what is now the northwest corner of Fifth and Dewey streets where Brown’s Shoe Fit is located. The plaque is at the Dewey Street entrance.

In 1868, concerned citizens and the county commission determined that the community needed a proper place to educate children. Under the leadership of A.J. Miller, the community built a log schoolhouse — the first schoolhouse in North Platte — at the corner of Fifth and Spruce streets, according to a press release from the Sioux Lookout Chapter.

The records of the public schools in North Platte indicate that School District No. 1 of Lincoln County was organized in 1868. In approximately 1873, a two-story brick schoolhouse was built to accommodate the growing population of North Platte, and the log schoolhouse was sold at auction.

In 1941, the Sioux Lookout chapter of DAR raised money to commission a bronze plaque to commemorate the first log school and had it mounted on the Warner Building, which stood at Fifth and Dewey streets.

In 1972, the Warner building was demolished and the current building was built. Originally, the building had Murphy’s Modern Music and is now occupied by Brown’s Shoe Fit.

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