2016 Dana Crawford and State Honor Awards

The 26th Annual Dana Crawford and State Honor Awards Celebration took place on Thursday, May 12 at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver (7711 E Academy Blvd #1). We were delighted to celebrate excellence in historic preservation with approximately 300 professionals and community leaders committed to saving Colorado’s built heritage.

2016 Awardees:

Dan CorsonThe 2016 recipient of the Dana Crawford Award is Colorado native, Dan Love. A passionate advocate for heritage tourism, Dan has held board positions with History Colorado and Colorado Preservation, Inc. where he served as Board President.  His experience in destination tourism and marketing included senior level positions with both Frontier and Continental Airlines, as marketing director for Keystone Resort and as Director of Colorado’s Tourism Board.  A historic railroad enthusiast, he currently serves as Governor-appointed Colorado Commissioner of the state-owned Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Recently, Dan was the principal advisor on the newest Scenic and Historic Byway project along the historic narrow gauge route between Chama, New Mexico and Durango.  He is an advisory member to History Colorado’s Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.

We are also excited to honor four outstanding preservation projects and the dynamic people behind each for the State Honor Awards:

  • Denver’s Union Station – The Union Station Alliance
  • Georgetown School – Cindy Neely and the Georgetown Trust for Conservation & Preservation
  • The Como Depot – David Tomkin and the Denver South Park and Pacific Historical Society
  • The Santa Fe Trail – the Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association and the La Junta Chapter of the Colorado DA

This year’s Endangered Places Progress Award recognizes the commitment and vision of the team working to save a threatened site listed as one of Colorado’s Most Endangered Places

  • Hugo Roundhouse – Roundhouse Preservation, Inc. – Listed as Endangered in 2002

Thank you to the generous sponsors that make this event possible and support our efforts in preserving Colorado’s heritage.

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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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