CALIENTE, Nev.—Starting March 1, 2008, the Elgin Schoolhouse State Historic Site, located 20 miles south of Caliente in Rainbow Canyon, began charging a museum admittance fee of $1.00 per person, even for those with annual passes. Children under the age of 12 are free.
The schoolhouse will open for tours starting on Saturday, April 5, 2008. Tour hours will be 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and during the months of April, May, September and October.
Visitors are reminded that State Route 317, in Rainbow Canyon, still has significant damage from the 2005 flood and to use caution.
The Elgin Schoolhouse is a historic, single-room 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 part of Kershaw-Ryan State Park in July 2005. The schoolhouse features half of the school’s original furnishings – books, teaching material and other items are authentic to the time period. Elgin Schoolhouse is located 20 miles south of Caliente in scenic Rainbow Canyon off State Route 317.