Lincoln School

Lincoln School, 1885-1893.

Lincoln, the Sixth Ward school, was built in 1880 at Fourth Street and Sixth Avenue North. It was a two-story brick building with two rooms and a tower at one corner that was as large as the building itself. In 1885, an addition was was made to the building, the tower having been torn off and the new addition having been placed in front of the old two rooms, thus forming a "T". The cost of the renovation was $13,000 and made the school the second largest in the city (the high school was the largest). The remodeled school can be seen in the picture to the right.

The school burned down in the fire of 1893, and was rebuilt on the same site. During the rebuilding, classes were held in the Pott's house, the English Lutheran, Swedish Lutheran, and Plymouth Congregational churches.

The new school, shown below right, contained eight rooms and provided eight teachers for grades 1-8. I do not know when this school was abandoned.

Lincoln School after 1894.

The photo at right is taken from the June 7, 1894 edition of the Argus; scan courtesy of the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies.

There is a Lincoln Elementary School today at 2129 South 9th Street but it is a different building.