2015 List – Colorado’s Most Endangered Places


The 2015 sites have been selected and officially announced!  

Colorado Preservation Inc’s Most Endangered Places for 2015 are……

2015 sites

Four diverse sites were selected in 2015 that speak to Colorado’s evolution and development.  The sites include one of Denver’s early streetcars, a cultural landscape tied to the orchard industry, one of the most intact gold dredges in the state (and possibly the nation), and one of Colorado’s largest producing lead & silver mines.

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.


1. Denver Tramway Company Streetcar No.4       2. Reiling Gold Dredge        3. Ute Ulay Mill & Town Site   4.Gold Medal Orchard

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Denver Tramway Company

Streetcar No.04

Arvada, Jefferson County

Gold Medal Orchard

Cortez, Montezuma County

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Reiling Gold Dredge

Breckenridge, Summit County

Ute Ulay Mill and Town Site

Lake City, Hinsdale 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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