A rest stop on the Mullan Trail for freighters, New Chicago was called the “Gateway to the Gold Fields.” Located three miles south of the present town of Drummond, it was established in 1874 as the first town at this end of the Flint Creek Valley. At one time the town boasted a telegraph station, a flour mill, hotel, Methodist church, livery stable, school, and other businesses. Its demise came when the Northern Pacific railroad came through in 1883 and established the town of Drummond.
The Old Schoolhouse was moved to the west end of Drummond in 1988 and has been restored by volunteers. Among the exhibits here is the story of Emma Davis Wilson (1844-1917), a pioneer teacher who homesteaded with her husband and two sons near New Chicago in 1874. Another fascinating exhibit is the quilt depicting the history of the Drummond area. The museum offers a number of other exhibits giving the visitor a glimpse of the history of this area. It is open Tuesday through Friday from mid-June to mid-August, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.