History of 2nd Street, Ogden, Utah

Stories of Bingham's Fort, Lynne, Five Points

Lynne School Lane and local school history

Posted by weberhistory on October 5, 2010


                                                                                      Historic site of three schools.

The 2002 Aspen Acres Subdivision is located on Lynne School Lane which exits north from 2nd Street exactly 1/2 mile west of Washington Blvd.  This subdivision is built on the former 20-acre pioneer farm of William and Mary Cruse Stone that was valued at $200 in the 1860 census.  In 1887 Ed Stone sold the farm to Victor Reno Senior, and it remained in the Reno family for 114 years until 2001 when it was sold for the Aspen Acres Subdivision.

 Three historic schools have been located on the east corner of 2nd Street and Lynne School Lane: the 1853 log  Bingham School, the 1866 adobe Lynne School, and the 1877 soft brick Lynne School. The 1863 log Mill Creek School was located by today’s railroad tracks.[1]


Isaac Newton Goodale built the log Bingham School on the E corner of  today’s Lynne School Lane and West 2nd Street  with some help from Henry Gibson.   From the end of October to the end of December 1853 Goodale recorded efforts to get logs for the schoolhouse, trips to the sawmill, and the making of a door, frames and trusses.  He even worked on the schoolhouse Christmas day and all the rest of the week to complete the new log school on December 31, 1853, just in time for a New Year’s dance celebration.

The Bingham School was located 1/2  mile from Washington Blvd

The 1853 Bingham School was located 1/2 mile west Washington Blvd. 

“Subscriptions” or tuition payments were expected for each pupil.  A subscription school provided a way for the pioneers to educate their children, since there were no public monies available to provide for education in the 1850s. But collecting the payment was difficult for Newt Goodale since money was scarce.  Subscriptions could be payed in farm goods or any item agreed upon for barter.


The circa 1863 Mill Creek School was built one mile west of Washington Blvd. on today’s SE intersection of the railroad tracks and W 2nd Street.  At that time the the railroad tracks did not exist; the bed of the tracks was a lane connecting W 2nd Street and W 12th Street called Mill Creek Lane.

This cabin was larger than the Bingham School and had a large stone fireplace on one wall.  Amanda Bingham was one of the teachers at the Mill Creek School.  see home page history, 1863 for two stories that happened at the Mill Creek School House.

The 1863 Mill Creek School had a large rock fireplace and chimney; Mill Creek Lane was later replaced by the railroad tracks.

The 1863 Mill Creek School was 1 mile west Washington Blvd; Mill Creek Lane was later replaced by the railroad tracks.


In about 1866, when it was known that the train tracks would soon replace Mill Creek Lane,  the community built their third school back on the E. corner of today’s Lynne School Lane and W. 2nd St.  The third school was an adobe structure built by taxation and named Lynne School after the name of the precinct and the post office.  This was the first of three schools to be named Lynne.

The school had one big room that was plastered and whitewashed, and it had a shingled roof.  It didn’t have a fireplace but was heated with a tall iron stove.   Nancy Jane Gates taught at this school in 1868 (see home page history, 1868).  Henry Tracy and Peter Sherner were also teachers at this school.[1a]

1867 adobe Lynne School #1.

1867 adobe Lynne School was 1/2 mile west of Washington Blvd.


In 1877 the fourth school was built back on the east corner of today’s Lynne School Lane and W 2nd St.  Frederick A.  Miller, William B. Hutchens and Rasmus Erastus Christofferson were in charge of the construction of this brick school which was also called Lynne School. It was 24 x 40 feet and was erected at a cost of about $2,300, furniture $300, total $2,600.  Apostle F. D. Richards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dedicated the school on December 9, 1877.  When this school was completed, the adobe school was torn down (see home page history, 1877).[2]   Laura Rogers  served as a teacher at the brick Lynne School before her marriage to Stephen W. Perry in 1887.

Lynne School #2 stood from 1877-1970s; photo c. 1933.

1877 soft brick Lynne School was 1/2 mile west of Washington Blvd.; photo c. 1933.

Where did the name Lynne originate?

In 1863 assistant Ogden post master, Walter Thompson, named the 2nd Street postal route Lynne after the town in Scotland where he was born. He said the beauty of 2nd Street area reminded him of his beautiful native home.[3]

What happened to the 1877 Lynne School? How old is the roadway by the school?

In 1889 free schools were established in Ogden.  In 1890 Ogden City expanded its boundaries to annex the Lynne Precinct, and the Lynne School trustees had to turn their school over to the superintendent of Ogden City schools.[4]

Ogden’s free school law of 1889 increased the school enrollment dramatically.  The old brick Lynne School was not adequate for the large flux of new students, so the Ogden school board abandoned it.  Judge Thomas D. Dee sold the brick Lynne School to Victor Reno Senior for $500, and Mr. Reno remodeled it into a private residence in 1892. The structure was destroyed by fire in the 1970s. [5]

Front view of the Victor Reno Sr. residence at 198 W 2nd St,; Lynne School is on the left; photo Maxine Stone Brown,  1930s.

 The dirt lane west of the school sites was originally the 1857 lane into the William Stone pioneer farm that later became the Reno Farm.  In 2002 the new paved road for the Aspen Acres subdivision followed the course of the original 1857 lane and was named Lynne School Lane to honor the historic location of three schools.

In 2000 the old farm lane is pictured above; Mary Maxham house on left; the large fir tree on the right is the same tree in the 1930 photo above of the Victor Reno Senior house.

Close up of the old dirt 1857 lane as it exited 2nd St. until 2002 when it was paved for the Aspen Acres subdivision; photo 2000.

TODAY: Intersection of 2nd Street and the 2002 Lynne School Lane; Mary Maxham house on the left; photo 2012.


-circa 1892   FIVE POINTS SCHOOL

After selling the old brick Lynne School, the Ogden School board built the fifth school of the area named Five Points School on the NW corner of Adams and 3rd Street in the early 1890s.  About forty years later the Five Points School was updated and enlarged and renamed the Lincoln School.

1972 DEMOLITION of the 1890 Five Points school and the c. 1926 addition of Lincoln School; photo G. Sherner.

1972 DEMOLITION photo shows the 1890 Five Points school on the right and the c. 1926 addition of Lincoln School on the left; photo G. Sherner.


In the 1950s the Lincoln School was replaced with a new school at about 635 Grant Ave. named Lynne Elementary School. This was the sixth school of the area and the third school named Lynne.

The 3rd Lynne School was built in the 1950s on Grant Ave.

Lynne School was built in the 1950s on Grant Ave.


In 2009  Lynne Elementary was replaced by Heritage Elementary School, the seventh school of the area located at 373 S. 150 W.; this location is two blocks south of the first log Bingham School built 156 years earlier.

7th School of the area is Ogden's charter school named Heritage for the rich historic heritage of the community.

Heritage Elementary named for the historic heritage of the community.


[1] Andrew Jensen, History of the Lynne Ward,  manuscript, 1893, Church Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah, Microfilm #LR 6405 2.

[1a] Mary Remembers, p. 88; Journal of Nancy Jane Gates; Andrew Jensen, History of the Lynne Ward, p. 4,5.

[2] William Terry, Yesteryear In Lynne; Andrew Jensen, History of the Lynne Ward, 1893, p. 2,4,8.

[3] Andrew Jensen, History of the Lynne Ward, p.5.

[4] Ibid, p.11.

[5] Editor Milton R. Hunter, Beneath Ben Lomond’s Peak, The Weber County Chapter of the Daughters of  Utah Pioneers, copyright 1944, p. 534.

Victor Reno Senior house at 198 W 2nd Street; soft brick Lynne School on the left; photo c. 1910, courtesy Vicky Frost.

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