Saving Places Conference 2012

The annual Saving Places Conference is the second largest preservation conference in the Nation. Each year the Saving Places conference features workshops, educational sessions and special forums that address current and future trends in historic preservation as well as provide continuing education and networking opportunities.

The theme for the 2012 Saving Places Conference, The Power of Heritage and Place celebrates the newly established statewide preservation plan, The Power of Heritage and Place: A 2020 Action Plan to Advance Preservation in Colorado. The plan explores the fundamentals of historic preservation and what it means to identify, protect and interpret the places that collectively comprise our rich and diverse heritage through education, collaboration, and communication. The general and educational sessions presented at this year’s conference center around the key goals identified in the Plan.

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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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