Chalk Dust Video

The 105 year-old Paradise Elementary School closed its doors in 2013 after educating many generations of students in this once thriving railroad community in Northwest Montana. The Paradise Elementary School Preservation Committee is a group of community residents who value this historic structure and the important role it has played—and will continue to play—in the economic and cultural life of Sanders County.

Our mission is to repurpose the Paradise School as a vibrant community, arts, and visitors center (the Paradise Center) for area residents, county students, and the many tourists who now drive by on their way to other western Montana destinations. This Paradise Center will become an important economic, social, and cultural mainstay for our region.