PANACA, Nev.—The Elgin Schoolhouse State Historic Site will be closed to the public on May 15, 2008 until the reconstruction on the Rainbow Canyon Highway, State Route 317, is complete.
The highway was washed out in January 2005 in an unusually strong flood. Because of the continued degradation of certain sections of the highway, it has been determined that travel, other than for local access, is inadvisable.
Reconstruction of the highway is expected to be completed in late 2011 or early 2012.
“We regret any inconvenience this may cause,” said Dave Morrow, administrator for the Nevada Division of State Parks, which operates the site. “After careful consideration for public safely, we decided that we could not encourage people to visit a site that is only accessible by a damaged road.”
The schoolhouse will continue to be maintained by State Parks staff while it is closed.