OLD SCHOOL OF THE DAY
Jackson Elementary – District #24
PO Box 787
415 Jardine Ave.
Jackson, MT 59736
Jackson is an unincorporated community in Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. Although it is unincorporated, Jackson has a post office with a ZIP code of 59736. It lies on Montana Secondary Highway 278 south of Wisdom and northwest of Dillon Far away from any neighborhoods, the town dates to the 1880s, as this area of the Big Hole Valley opened up to ranching. Its name came from Anton Jackson, the first postmaster. Jackson grows significantly during the winter, as it is an increasingly popular winter get-away destination, centered on the historic Jackson Hot Springs, which had been upgraded and significantly expanded since 1984. The town still has a historic post office building even though its population barely tops 50. That is enough, once kids from surrounding ranches are added, to support the Jackson elementary school–a key to the town’s survival over the years. In 2001, its first year in the Montana Heritage Project, the Montana History class of Beaverhead High School in Dillon undertaking the ambitious project of gathering the history and documenting the present of the small country schools in the area. On Halloween, nine students under the direction of teacher Jerry Girard visited the one-room school at Polaris (35 miles northwest of Dillon) and the two-room schools at Jackson, Wisdom, and Grant.