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Colorado Jobs & Main Street Revitalization Act (Colorado State Tax-Credit)

Rep. Leroy Garcia, Rep. Tim Dore Sen. Pat Steadman, Sen. Larry Crowder Main Streets Across Colorado are in Critical Need Many of Colorado’s traditional main streets are at a tipping point. Many buildings are vacant, their historic facades in decay … Continue reading

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2014 List!

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Preservationists in Plain Sight: Steve Wooten and the Purgatoire River Region

I was fortunate to be mentored about the importance of our family history and the presence of significant historical assets on our family ranches in southeast Colorado. For 30 years I lived in compatibility with the history of our region … Continue reading

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Crossan’s Market

Built in 1903, Crossan’s Market is an excellent and intact example of a small town mercantile building that stands as evidence to the development of Yampa and the surrounding agricultural economy. Closed in the mid-1960s after a competing merchant purchased … Continue reading

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2012 Annual Report

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Semple Brown Design Completes Gates Family Foundation Denver Headquarters

Gates Family Foundation’s new “green” headquarters in downtown Denver preserves building’s historic character while meeting demanding sustainability requirements DENVER, Colorado—October 29, 2013—Semple Brown Design, one of the most recognized and respected full service design firms in Colorado, today announced completion … Continue reading

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CLG Open House – Pueblo

We had the honor of attending the most recent CLG (Certified Local Government) Open House that was hosted by the City of Pueblo. We kicked off the day at the recently renovated Memorial Hall (, and it looked fantastic!  There … Continue reading

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Snowstorm Gold Dredge

Built in 1941 near Fairplay, the Snowstorm Gold Dredge is the last of its kind in Colorado. Successful American dredging began in Montana in 1896, performing the work of several hundred men as it dug and processed ore in the … Continue reading

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Matching Gift Challenge

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2013 Dana Crawford Award

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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

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