Elkins Rural Center

Elkins Rural Center

Elkins Rural Center

The two-room Elkins School was near the town of Airlie, close to the rail line that ran between Airlie and Monmouth.  It served as an observation classroom from 1911 until it officially became part of the Rural Training Program in 1917. Once part of the program, a critic teacher was paid to observe and guide a Oregon Normal School (ONS) student through observation, assisting in the classroom, and practice teaching.  Elkins Rural Center included a working farm for local students to receive training in gardening and raising animals.  It was a residential placement center for ONS students, and they lived in the Elkins community during their six week experience. It was dropped from the program around 1930 when the Southern Pacific Railroad abandoned the line.   The school building has been renovated into a private home.