Discover the history of Anza’s Little Red Schoolhouse

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The Little Red Schoolhouse is a colorful landmark nestled in the heart of Anza. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
The iconic Little Red Schoolhouse, located in the heart of Anza, is more than 100 years old and still serving the residents of the rural mountain community. The original Hamilton School, which is referred to as the Little Red Schoolhouse, was built in 1914 as a one-room school. Located on the southwest corner of state Highway 371 and Contreras Road, the small wooden building is the centerpiece of Minor Park and managed by the Anza Civic Improvement League, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation. The Hamilton School District was formed Feb. 5, 1913, and George B. Evans helped contractors J. W. Shaney and Will Collins build the schoolhouse. William Daniels and other homesteaders from the Mitchell Road area helped. Starting May 22, 1914, the men from Baptista drove to Hemet to haul lumber
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