Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Goffs Schoolhouse

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Goffs Schoolhouse is a one-room mission style desert school built in 1914 by the County of San Bernardino to serve the growing population of the area.

The Schoolhouse was used as the local community center. Through many of the 23 years it served as a school, dances were held in the building and it functioned as a branch of the county library.

The cottonwood trees planted on the southwest side of the school provided shade for the schoolyard in the afternoon. For the first several years individual trees were assigned to particular students to be watered and cared for.


History, Fun, and Food for the whole family

Join us to step back in time and learn about life during the early 1900s at this unique one room desert schoolhouse in Goffs, California.

Visit the schoolhouse and see our collections of historical artifacts
Hear stories of life as a student in the 1930s from a former Goffs student
Watch TWO historic ore crushing stamp mills operate as they did in the heyday of mining in the Mojave Desert
Hear how the U. S. Army brought camels to the desert in the 1850s
Prizes to children for identifying historic “mystery” objects
Learn the games children played at the Goffs School in the 1900s
A special keepsake publication about the students, teachers, and events of the time collected from interviews and newspapers
Huge book sale, specializing in Western Americana
Lunch to be served from 12:00 – 1:00 (Donations appreciated)
Please phone (760-733-4482) or email info@mdhca.org your reservation for lunch including the number in your party.




Goffs is located 30 miles NW of Needles, California, on historic Route 66.

Goffs Schoolhouse on    More the Schoolhouse history
is located at 37198 Lanfair Road
near the intersection of Goffs Road and Lanfair Road
in the community of Goffs, California
Get directions from Google Maps
(Avoid Mountain Springs Road due to dangerous conditions.)