2017 List – Colorado’s Most Endangered Places


The 2017 sites have been selected and officially announced!  

Colorado Preservation Inc’s Most Endangered Places for 2017 are……


Three diverse sites were selected in 2017 that represent local landmarks, places of community, and opportunity for revitalization.  The sites include one of Colorado’s early historic roadside attraction, a once thriving Main Street, and the state’s oldest continuously operating synagogue.  The 2017 sites are World’s View Wonder Tower, Centre Avenue (New Raymer), and Temple Aaron.


Colorado Preservation, Inc. through its Endangered Places Program devotes staff time and resources to raise funds and rally concerned citizens so that listed, as well as non-listed, sites can be saved. We are proud to be able to work within communities as issues and threats arise in order to advocate for preservation throughout the state.

historic World’s Wonder View Tower

Genoa, Lincoln County

historic Centre Avenue

New Raymer, Weld County

temple-aaron-1892-brown Temple Aaron

Trinidad, Las Animas County

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Featured Project

4 Bar 4 Ranch

Homesteaded in 1895 by Dick McQueary to provide a stop for the Georgetown Stage Line, the 320-acre 4 Bar 4 Ranch has strong ties to Grand County and Colorado's heritage. The Georgetown Stage Line traveled on the road through the 4 Bar 4 Ranch from Idaho Springs to Hot Sulphur Springs over Berthoud Pass. In 1895 a roadhouse and stage stop were constructed on the ranch. The hotel and barn were constructed using trees from the Ranch property, and the hotel remained open for travelers coming over Berthoud Pass by horseback and wagon until 1913. With the coming of the automobile, the roadway over Berthoud Pass and through the 4 Bar 4 Ranch was considered an integral part of the Trans-Continental “Midland Trail” highway. Following the closing of the stage line, the ranch continued to host travelers until 1912 or 1913 when it was purchased and converted into a Ford Motor Company . Ford vehicles were sold here until 1917, when Harry Larkin purchased the ranch site. Today emergency efforts are underway to ensure it survives through the winter. Donations are in need. To learn more, contact Jennifer Orrigo Charles at jorrigocharlges@coloradopreservation.org.

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