Historic school burns on Badger Mountain

Waterville

The old Beaver Creek School on Badger Mountain burned to the ground April 13.

Dale Jordan, chief of the Waterville Fire Department, said he does not know the cause. The fire was called in about 11 p.m. by either a nearby resident or a passing motorist.

By the time firefighters arrived, “a lot of the walls were pretty well down and there was no roof or anything left,” Jordan said.

The school was operating in 1910 and was still operating in 1940, according to reports.

After the school closed, the building was used for many years by the Badger Mountain Ladies Club as a community hall, Jordan said. In recent years, there was no power to the building. He does not think the building had been used in at least 15 years.

The old school was about 11 miles east of East Wenatchee on Badger Mountain Road.

Responding to the fire were crews from Waterville and Douglas County Fire District 2 in East Wenatchee.