This is one of two rural schools we photographed in Clear Lake Township, and we’ve seen it referenced simply as Clear Lake School. Kathy Wilner emailed us to say she’s been documenting one-room schools for the North Dakota Historical Society and had the following comments:
It was [originally] located on the south side of a body of water called Long Alkaline Lake, straight north of Highway 36 on 31st Ave SE… This would be east of Robinson. It was moved from North Merkel Township in northern Kidder County. The person I visited with told me it was called Barton #8 and he attended 8 years of school there.
Today, it rests all alone in the middle of a farmer’s field, about four miles west of Robinson in Kidder County, right off County Road 36.
Photos by Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC
Troy Larson is an author, photographer, gentleman adventurer (debatable) from Fargo, North Dakota, and co-founder of Ghosts of North Dakota. @NorthDakotaTroy