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Pinehurst School History Dates Back to 1908

In 1908, neighbors eager to educate their children in the Green Springs area about 20 miles east of Ashland Ore., worked together to build a one-room schoolhouse along the Emigrant Trail. A path led to a “one-holer” out back.  The school, named after nearby Beaver Creek, had two-seater desks, a wood stove, a water bucket and dipper, and a blackboard.  Soon, it was remodeled to state standards, including an upgraded wood stove.

In 1920, after the old stage road between Ashland and Klamath Falls had become a maintained road, the board decided to build a new school large enough to serve more children.  The new one-room building became the Pinehurst School.  In less than a decade it was time to move again.
Just down the highway in Lincoln, the old mill opened up as the Henry Lumber Company.   Workers arrived with 30 new students in the first through eighth grade, so the board moved the school for the last time and renamed it the Lincoln School.  The school remains there today, though its name has reverted to Pinehurst again.

Sources: "History of Pinehurst: A Little History About Pinehurst School." Pinehurst School. Pinehurst School,Web. 29 Dec. 2013.  Friedman, Ralph. In Search of Western Oregon. illustrated ed.: Caxton Press, 1990. 755. Print; Foley, Anne E. Lincoln on the Greensprings. Medford, Oregon: Southern Oregon Historical Society, 1985. 

Christopher Shockey has been a long-time JPR listener and contributor. He lives on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley with his wife, Kristen. He enjoys supporting both the Southern Oregon Historical Society and JPR by digging up regional stories for As It Was.