For the second year in a row, Michelle Grainger and Sherry Cole showed their community pride and spirit by whacking down the waist-tall grass and weeds at the schoolhouse. They worked an entire afternoon on a very hot day. This year, they were joined by Steve LeGoff and Mike Estep

Their hard work made a world of difference for the playground and shows those who drive through our community that we are proud of our mining camp identity. Thank you.  


At the present time, we are not taking reservations 
for private non-Salina rentals. 

please email Allison Hybertson 

           The schoolhouse is reserved 
    EVERY Monday 8:45-10:15 a.m. for 

AUGUST 31st (Friday) CONCERT
Courtney Hartman and Taylor Ashton
 Doors open at 7:00 - Concert at 7:30

So We Know We Can Dance
Instructor: Antoinette Vastenburg
4:00-5:30 p.m.

2016 Financial Report

1. $1/person. $20 minimum.
2. For uses with an entrance fee:  $1/person ($20 min.) or 10% of receipts, whichever is more.
3. Community service meetings (County, etc.) may be held at no charge.
4. Special arrangements may be considered for uses that specifically help Salina residents (who are responsible for maintaining the building) or that financially benefit the school property.

1/1/2016 BANK BALANCE: $1976.70

Use fees   $1,480.00
Donations $  125.00
County Grant for flood repair $6,065.00
Total income: $7,670.00

Electricity $228.93
Propane $512.00
Water $90.00
Maintenance $133.10
Flood repairs $315.00
Repair & paint ten windows $3,062.43
Total expenses: $4,341.46

12/31/2016 BANK BALANCE: $5,045.24

We could use your help!

The schoolhouse is maintained and heated by DONATIONS of time and money, and by use fees. The management is VOLUNTEER. The work to maintain an 1885 building is endless and costly. In order to keep it available for canyon use, Salina needs your HELP.

There are many things that need fixing: routine maintenance, lingering fire-related repairs, and flood damage. We have compiled a work list below with estimates totaling approximately $20,000.

If you have expertise in any of the projects below, can recommend someone who does, have time to volunteer, or have a wish to help us financially, please
email Marti Anderson  
or mail donations to the Salina Community Association, 175 Gold Run Road, Boulder, CO 80302.

1. Move bottom sandstone step to the playground back into place. It was dislodged during the flood or early flood recovery.  [$200 estimate]
2. Paint exterior. The back side paint blistered during the 2010 fire when one of the outhouses burned, and the paint is now peeling off in spots. The blistered bottom back was scraped, primed and painted in October 2016.
The windows were in poor shape. They were repaired, reglazed and repainted (exterior only) in late 2016. [Work done by High Altitude Finishes, Ward, CO for $3,202.]
The schoolhouse siding and trim still needs to be painted, as well as the coal shed and outhouses. [$5,950 bid.]
3. Roof repair or replace.  [Need estimate.]
4. Purchase storm windows to protect windows and improve heating.  [Need estimate.]
5. Replace recessed panels on the exterior schoolhouse doors. The material used by the carpenter who fabricated the doors in 1994 deteriorated from moisture.  [$900 estimate]
6. Repair cracked plaster and paint interior.  [$3,000 estimate]
7. Improve foundation (eroded by time and flood) on the coal shed. Repair shingles.  [Need estimate]

Four jobs were removed from the above list!

1. Rebuild historic rock retaining wall; severely damaged in 2013 flood. [Work completed by Ezequiel Quintana.]   
2. Move the 1885 flood-damaged outhouse for wall rebuild, repair outhouse, return to original location with new foundation. [Work completed by RAM Excavating, Peter Brady and Marion Reynolds.]
Jobs 1. and 2. were done at a cost of $14,345. The SCA was reimbursed $6,065 by a Boulder County Historic Landmark Rehabilitation Grant.
3. Rake out excess silt that was washed in during flood. The raking was done by volunteers. Thank you! 
4. Clean the chimney, inspect and insert an insulated liner. [Work completed in May 2017 by Jacob and Ryan, The Neighborhood Chimney Sweep, Inc. $2,025.00.]

Community use for public or private events

SCA Articles of Incorporation: The corporation will specifically own, maintain and manage the real property together with improvements and appurtenances commonly known as the "Salina Schoolhouse" located in the unincorporated Town of Salina, County of Boulder, State of Colorado, which Salina Schoolhouse shall be used and dedicated for such purposes as may be determined by the corporation's Board of Directors for the perpetual use and benefit of the community of the Town of Salina and the neighborhood and vicinity thereof; but in no event shall said Salina Schoolhouse be used for purposes other than religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, recreational or educational purposes.

The building may be reserved by members of the Four Mile Canyon community for private events, with use confined to the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and a maximum attendance of 75 people. Events open to the public may be hosted by local or non-local residents with the same hour and attendance limitations. The rental fee depends upon the size and type of use.
For more information, contact Marti Anderson.

The building is 40 feet by 25 feet with a 14 foot high ceiling.

If you are planning a party and would like to serve food to your guests, Salina Catering by Anne Brady is convenient with delicious food. Anne operated the Salina Cafe across from the church to rave reviews, and today limits her culinary offerings to catered meals and buffets.

There is one out-of-commission outhouse in the back yard that is carved with many initials (we believe it was the boy's) and contains three holes. The other outhouse (girl's) was converted from a two-holer to a modern facility with a flush toilet and sink in 1994. It burned to the ground during the Four Mile Canyon fire in September 2010, and has been rebuilt.

The schoolhouse was restored in 1994 with a Colorado State Historical Fund grant.

If you would like to contribute to our never-ending maintenance and improvement projects, please mail your check to our community's non-profit corporation, the Salina Community Association, c/o Marti Anderson, 175 Gold Run Road, Boulder, CO 80302.
Every single penny adds up, so please consider making a donation of any size!

Non-community use for private events

No non-local reservations are being accepted at this time.


The new 1885 schoolhouse with Libby Lamb (teacher from New York) posed outside with her students. Interior view taken on May 19, 1912.

HISTORY: On December 31, 1885, a New Year's Eve Ball was held in the nearly completed Salina Schoolhouse. When it was finished in early 1886, at a cost of nearly $1,500, the Boulder County Herald proclaimed it "The Pride of Salina". Classes were held in the building until 1952. The owner of the mining claim on which the schoolhouse stood gave the building and some land around it to the residents of Salina.

In 1993, we received a grant from the Colorado State Historical Society to restore the schoolhouse and outhouses, to install a cistern and septic field, and to convert one of the outhouses into a modern convenience with a sink and toilet.

In September 2010, the bathroom burned in the Fourmile Canyon Fire, and was rebuilt in 2011.

In September 2013, the remaining 1885 outhouse tipped over in a mudslide during the flood. The outhouse was repaired and the large rock retaining wall behind it has been rebuilt.