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Old Centerville Schoolhouse (No. 72000219 National Register of Historic Places)

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California Points of Historical Interest

California Points of Historical Interest are sites, buildings, features, or events that are of local (city or county) significance and have anthropological, cultural, military, political, architectural, economic, scientific or technical, religious, experimental, or other value.

Points of Historical Interest designated after 1997 are recommended by the State Historical Resources Commission, and are also listed on the California Register.

Historical resources that are designated as Points of Historical Interest are not designated as Landmarks. Points of Interest are of local significance, while Landmarks are of statewide significance. Points that are granted Landmark status are retired from their Points of Interest designation.

To be designated as a Point of Historical Interest, a resource must meet at least one of the following criteria:

1) Is the first, last, only, or most significant of its type within the local geographic region (City or County)

2) Is associated with an individual or group having a profound influence on the history of the local area

3) A prototype of, or an outstanding example of, a period, style, architectural movement, or construction or is one of the more notable works or the best surviving work in the local region of a pioneer architect, designer, or master builder.

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In 1894, the community of Centerville constructed this schoolhouse to replace two previous schools. The school operated until 1966, when the schools in Butte County were unified into the local school district.

After the school was closed, the school was used as a community center. In 1971, the Centerville Recreation and Historical Associationnominated the building for the National Register of Historic Places and added to the Register in 1972. The old schoolhouse is now the Colman Museum and features historic photos and artifacts from the surrounding area.

In addition to being on the National Register of Historic Places, the Centerville Schoolhouse is also registered as state Historic Point of Interest No. 575.

The Colman Museum/Centerville Schoolhouse is located at 13548 Centerville Road outside of Magalia.

Butte County

Highlights of Butte County history include John Bidwell’s establishment of Rancho Chico and Bidwell Bar, and the discovery of Ishi, the last Yahi Indian. This county progressed swiftly from a collection of mining towns into a trendsetter for California agriculture.

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