Elgin Schoolhouse State Historic Site

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Elgin Schoolhouse State Historic Site


(775) 726-3564

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The Elgin Schoolhouse site is closed to the public at this time. Please call the site before visiting.

See the historic building where several generations of school children were educated. This little building, which covered grades one through eight from 1922 through 1967, is know as the Elgin Schoolhouse. The one-room schoolhouse in eastern Nevada was built by Reuben Bradshaw, whose father, James Bradshaw, homesteaded a ranch in 1880 at the lower end of Rainbow Canyon. By 1967, the last year that the schoolhouse was used, school buses had been picking up children and transporting them to schools in Caliente and Panaca. The building reverted to private ownership and became a personal residence for a Bradshaw family member, before being preserved as a state park treasure.

Map of Elgin School House (NV)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.351942, -114.536505



  • Historic Sites

    The Elgin Schoolhouse is a historic school in rural Nevada's Lincoln County. The schoolhouse was used from 1922 through 1967, when its last student reached eighth grade. In 1998, the building was restored to its original appearance and volunteers opened the building for tours by request. It became a State Historic Site in July 2005.


The park is open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., April 1st through October 15th.



Elgin Schoolhouse State Historic Site is located about 20 miles south of Caliente on State Route (SR) 317, known as Rainbow Canyon, in Lincoln County.

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(775) 726-3564