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Cottonwood Flat School

The rise of mandatory education put an end to frontier education.

This two room school house was a luxury to have and expensive to build. At the time it was constructed, it cost a grand total of $900. In 1930, it was located in Scurry County. At that time, it was used to teach students through grade seven until they transferred to high school. The students learned penmanship, spelling, reading, mathematics, and history.

In 1938, this school house was no longer used for school. It was used to hold office elections and community events before it was moved to the cemetery for funerals in the 1950’s. In January 1989 it was donated to us, here at the Taylor County History Center.

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This Day in Texas History

  • 1883 On this day in 1883, the Fifty Cent Act was repealed. The act, advocated by Governor O. M. Roberts and passed in July 1879, provided for the selling of Texas land for fifty cents an acre, with one-half of the proceeds to be used to pay down the public debt and the other half to establish a permanent school fund. The act opened to settlement about fifty-two Texas counties, in which the state sold 3,201,283 acres for $1,600,641.55. The Fifty Cent Act was repealed as a public necessity due to fraudulent land speculation

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Taylor County History Center
133 N. William Street
Buffalo Gap, Texas 79508

Museum: 325-572-3365
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