Cedarvale Ghost School

Frequent readers know I love photographing ruins, large and small. Abandoned places don’t usually give me the creeps, but the remains of the Cedarvale Schoolhouse in Cedarvale, New Mexico might be an exception.

The Cedarvale School was built in 1917 and expanded in the 1930′s before the building and the town itself were abandoned during the Great Depression. At some point in the past seventy years, the roof collapsed, possibly under heavy snow. The rooms are filled with desks and chairs and math equations are still printed neatly on the blackboard.

To visit the Cedarvale Schoolhouse, drive south from Moriarty, New Mexico on highway 41 then south on 42 from Willard. I didn’t see any No Trespassing signs around the schoolhouse but enter at your own risk!

Stormy day, Cedarvale School

Roof collapse classroom

Spooky chair

My dogs waiting outside- lots of glass, rusty nails and weak floors in the building so I told them to stay out.

Empty Gym

Women <-----

Writing still on the blackboard

Check back for another post on this weekend’s short but epic road trip: Cedarvale Ghost School, Three Rivers Petroglyphs, White Sands National Monument, a flat tire and the Very Large Array! Right now I’m going for a hike! :)

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently traveling the backroads from New Mexico to Alaska, writing and living out of a tiny Teardrop camper. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.
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9 Responses to Cedarvale Ghost School

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  2. LOVE this! I would love to visit too! This isn’t the school in Claunch is it? If it isn’t have you visited that one? Claunch has been on my wishlist for years and the one time I was driving by that area it was already very dark :(

    • No, I haven’t been to Claunch, but I just highlighted it on my Atlas! I’m already scheming another southern NM road trip so maybe I’ll swing by on my way south. Thanks for the tip!

      • Ann says:

        The old school house wasn’t quite so spooky 5 yrs ago:-) And is even less so when you have met some of the students that filled those rooms years ago.
        The gym was still intact the last time I was there.
        We also had quite a party in the yard the day the Historic Landmark sign was unveiled .
        Fun to see the pics!
        Our ranch house is just a few miles away, and was built in 1921. One of the few remaining landmarks of the town of Progresso.

      • Hi Ann! Thanks for sharing! Interesting to know the roof collapse is somewhat recent. :)

  3. Ann says:

    Part of the roof had collapsed over a classroom when I was last there.
    That place had such a nice gym…my husband said they used to play basketball there:-)

    Safe journeys

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