The future of the Silver City Schoolhouse Community Center is very much rooted in its past.
Old floor boards have found new life as wainscoting, ceiling boards have become trim and old siding is connected to the new as tightly as the residents of this historic town are attached to their schoolhouse.
That attachment drove the community when one of the biggest tragedies in the town's history occurred on July 7, 2004 " the 136-year-old schoolhouse caught fire.
The 150 or so residents of the town didn't spend much time grieving. Less than a week after the fire, they formed various committees and set to work preparing to replace the 1867 building.
For the complete story on the Silver City Schoolhouse rebuilding, pick up Friday's Nevada Appeal or check back to nevadaappeal.com