Fruita Schoolhouse |

Capitol Reef National Park

Roadside Attraction Fruita Schoolhouse - Capitol Reef National Park Roadside Attraction Fruita Schoolhouse
Capitol Reef National Park

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Overview

RATING: Roadside Attraction
LENGTH: 30 minutes
MAPS: Fruita, UT

Sun

86 | 61

Mon

81 | 60

Tue

79 | 59

Wed

81 | 52

Thu

79 | 55

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Sun

86 | 61

Mon

81 | 60

Tue

79 | 59

Wed

81 | 52

Thu

79 | 55

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Outside of the schoolhouse

Outside of the schoolhouse

One of the more popular roadside attractions when passing through Capitol Reef, the Fruita one room schoolhouse is worth a stop. The schoolhouse dates back over a hundred years to 1896 when local Fruita settlers build it. The current version is refurbished and is meant to look the same as it did in around 1936. The last class to use the school graduated in 1941. How far the area has come in the last 70 years! It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Most times of the year, deer can be seen foraging in the Fruita orchard across the road.
Well preserved Schoolhouse

Well preserved Schoolhouse

Getting There

From the visitor center, travel east on Highway 95 just under a mile to mile post 80.1, where the school is located on the north side of the road. (11.5 miles east of Torrey.)
Front door to the school

Front door to the school

Route

From the NPS information sign:

Mormons valued education highly. Therefore it is not surprising that the Fruita residents donated the land, materials, and labor for this schoolhouse and the money for the teachers' pay. The building opened in 1896. Eight grades were taught in one room with eight to 26 students attending classes at any one time. The building also served as a community meeting place, Sunday school, and Saturday night social center. The school closed in 1941 due to declining enrollment; the few remaining Fruita students were then bused to consolidated area schools.


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Schoolhouse

12S 478281mE 4237814mN

N38° 17' 17" W111° 14' 54"

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