Eagle file photo
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.