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HISTORY: Monument School gymnasium burns

Published on September 28, 2017 12:50PM

Last changed on September 28, 2017 1:05PM

From Jan. 31, 1957: Smoke, flames and embers go high in the air in the fire that destroyed the Monument School gymnasium before daylight Friday. All that remained were the concrete walls and foundation. The classroom building was saved by heroic efforts of Monument residents.

Eagle file photo

From Jan. 31, 1957: Smoke, flames and embers go high in the air in the fire that destroyed the Monument School gymnasium before daylight Friday. All that remained were the concrete walls and foundation. The classroom building was saved by heroic efforts of Monument residents.

Jan. 24, 1957


Blue Mountain Eagle

Monument residents were awakened early Friday morning by the fire, which completely destroyed the high school gymnasium. The blaze had gained so much headway before it was discovered that it was impossible to save anything of value from the building. Through the concentrated efforts of the firefighters the school itself was saved.

All of the sports equipment that was housed in the building, including the new football equipment that had never been used, was destroyed. Three movie projectors, a new screen and speaker and some musical instruments were also lost.

Spray High School issued an invitation to the Monument basketball squad to use their floor for the Friday night game with Dayville and the Long Creek High School invited the players to use that court for practice sessions twice weekly for the remainder of the season.

The building was covered by insurance, and a new gym will be constructed as soon as possible.



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