Call for Volunteers!

Endangered Places Weekend Workshops

Join Colorado Preservation, Inc. and the Endangered Places Program for our annual Weekend Workshops. This year we will be having two separate workshops, the first to be held October 27-28 at the Denver & Rio Grande Depot in Antonito. The second workshop will be on November 3rd, at the Arkansas Valley Fairgrounds Adobe Stables in Rocky Ford.

Antonito Depot

The depot was constructed c.1890, out of quarried ashlar volcanic stone, and served the town of Antonito and surrounding communities until 1951. The depot was the center of Antonito, with all of the town’s original buildings constructed facing the depot. Unfortunately, the depot has stood vacant for over 50 years. Neglect and deferred maintenance are taking a toll on the structure. Volunteers will have the opportunity to get involved in the emergency stabilization of the depot’s roof. No experience is necessary. We will be working to install rolled roofing in order to seal up the depot for the upcoming winter months. Lunch will be provided.

Adobe Stables-CANCELLED!!!!

UNFORTUNATELY, THE ADOBE STABLES WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THREATS OF FREEZING WEATHER!  STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. The Arkansas Valley Fairgrounds play host to Colorado’s oldest continous fair, founded in 1878. The Adobe Stables were constructed as a project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), and are a rare intact example of exposed adobe brick. The stables are still used year-round by local horses, as well as for the horse races held every year at the Arkansas Valley Fair. Volunteers are needed to assist in the forming of adobe bricks for future use in construction. The workshop will be held on November 3, with November 10 scheduled as a back-up date in case of inclement weather.

If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Parris, Endangered Places Program Coordinator at rparris@coloradopreservation.org or (303) 893-4260, ext. 236.

Stay tuned for more details, and we hope to see you there!

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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 jorrigocharlges@coloradopreservation.org.

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