The Gaines County Museum has taken delivery of one of the most substantial and historical donations in its history. The structure is a one-room #20 Loveland Community school house that was once part of the 29-school network of small schools in Gaines County prior to the consolidation of its school district during the 1930s. It was donated by the family of Robert Smith, who had bought the structure from the county for restoration.
The building still bears the WPA markings that date its construction to the Depression-era program instituted by the Roosevelt Administration.
The one-room wooden building contains 26 desks, an original chalkboard, and the original gas lanterns. Affixed to the wall is a 48-star American flag. (Sam Holbrooks)