Reese Creek School

NE of Belgrade, Belgrade, Montana


Reese Creek School

Photo taken by David Jones in July 2016




"The Reese Creek School, built in 1906, is one of 77 one-room schoolhouses built throughout Gallatin County mainly from the 1890s into the early 1920s to serve the families of one of Montana’s first agricultural regions. In the earliest days, classes met in private homes or in log-cabin structures. After statehood in 1889, four residents of any community could petition state government for financial assistance to pay a teacher’s salary and room and board. Horse-drawn transport dictated that schools be no more than five miles apart, and custom shaped the familiar planed wood, elongated-rectangle building, with a cupola-adorned hipped roof and boasting an entrance that protected pupils from weather. In Gallatin County, this style gradually evolved over the years, with the 1910s seeing influences such as “craftsman” style porches, and a few unusual designs such as the octagonal Malmborg school. But by 1919, the Montana Department of Health and Public Instruction had published a bulletin on school design, which provided blueprints and thus helped standardize schoolhouse design throughout the state." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 21, 1981
Reference number
Areas of significance
Education; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant year

Update Log 

  • August 1, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical information
  • December 3, 2018: New photos from David Jones