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Historic Old Buford School House
Annual White River Community Association
Buy-Fly Fishing Tournament
Held in March every year in Meeker Colorado
Saturday - 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Sunday - 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tournament dates for 2017: March 11th and 12th
Lunch provided to participants on Saturday.
Chili dinner for participants and their families on Sunday with awarding of top prizes.
Limited to 12 teams fishing for white fish on the White River
Entry fee: $400 per team (4-person teams)
(cash or check only accepted)
Call Boots at 970-878-5677 or Randy at 970-878-9987 for availability, rules and information
Come enjoy the weekend in Meeker and the White River Valley.
(See map at bottom of this page)
A Snapshot History of the White River Community Association
Dee Weiss, WRCA Historian
The origin of the old schoolhouse on County Road 17, now the White River Community Association, dates back to the year 1889. During that year a school site was selected at the mouth of Big Beaver Basin. A two-story schoolhouse was built that served as both school and community gathering place. This property, known to most of us as the Buckles Ranch, was approximately seventeen miles up County Road 8, which is also the Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway.
Some time prior to 1920 a flood consumed the two-story building and rendered the schoolhouse unusable. A new site was chosen, materials were salvaged and the school was rebuilt as a single story structure. Today it stands on this same site on County Road 17, just south of Buford.
The school reopened in the mid to late 1920's and continued as a school until 1948. At that time the school closed due to lack of students.
Between 1930 and 1940 the kitchen was added for the purpose of serving hot lunches to the children. This addition was an old log cabin that had set on the far east end of the Buckles Ranch.
Interesting to remember is that County Road 8, in that area, was previously on the south side of the White River. This placed the school on the main drag.
Today the old school house can be seen from the Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway in this picturesque location.
Over the years, there have been several owners of the property. However, it was Minewa Bell Roosevelt (wife of Elliott Roosevelt) who gave the school house to the White River Community in 1953 in memory of her father, Alfonso Bell. Those present at the dedication of the building were members of the surrounding community and Elinor Roosevelt.
Although the school house was used for community gatherings, it was not until 1961 that folks from the community formed what we now call the "White River Community Association". By-laws were adopted and Bob Buckles, Jack Holzberlein and Harry Tucker became the first officers. Members at that time came from the area between Miller Creek and Trapper's Lake.
Over the years, the historic building has been kept functional through the voluntary generosity of the club's members. Though the building has weathered many storms, time and the elements had taken their toll. It was completely renovated and restored to its original 1950's state in 2008 thanks to a grant from the Colorado State Historical Society and the generosity of residents in the White River Valley
The schoolhouse, turned clubhouse is still the site for fun and neighborly support.
For more information contact: Dee Weiss at 970-878-0955 or Boots Campbell at 970-878-5677 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historic Flag framed in old wood and barbed wire adorns the wall
President George Washington also has his place on the wall
Home cooked meal at the monthly meeting for club members
Dee Weiss calls the meeting to order as Arlene Fritzlan takes the minutes.
This map will show you how to get to the Buford Schoolhouse and White River Community Association.