Endangered Places Archives

In creating the Most Endangered Places list, Colorado Preservation, Inc. staff and a dedicated team of volunteers work over a period of several months to review, meet, and debate the merits and needs of each nominated site.  The goal is to find the places that best represent the two primary listing criteria; historic significance and the threat of being lost.  But more than just meeting the criteria, the review committees are seeking to find the places that matter; those that tell a story by servicing as the physical representation of some period in history.

Sites in blue have been saved.  Sites in red have been lost.

2016

Belvidere Theatre (Gilpin County)
Glen Huntington Bandshell (Boulder County)
Great Western Sugar Factory Complex (Adams County)
Tabor Opera House (Lake County)

2015

Denver Tramway Company Streetcar No.04 (Jefferson County)
Gold Medal Orchard (Montezuma County)
Reiling Gold Dredge (Summit County)
Ute Ulay Mill & Town Site (Hinsdale County)

2014

4 Bar 4 Ranch (Grand County)
Hahn’s Peak Lookout (Routt County)
Mid-Century Resources of Littleton Blvd (Arapahoe County)
Montoya Ranch (Huerfano County)
Neon Signs of Colfax (Denver County)

2013

Fort Lyon (Bent County)
Homesteading Resources of Escalante Canyon (Delta County)
Hotchkiss Barn (Delta County)
Kennedy/Mancos Grain Elevator (Montezuma County)
Sundial Plaza/Cranmer Park (Denver County)

2012

Central Platoon School (Morgan County)
Crossan’s Market (Routt County)
Historic Eastside Neighborhood (Pueblo County)
Lizzy Knight’s Cabin (Rural Dolores County)
Moffat Road/Hill Road (Rural Boulder, Grand, and Gilpin Counties)
Sullivan Gateway (Denver County)

2011

Deputy Warden’s House (Fremount County)
Given Institute (Pitkin County)
Handy Chapel (Mesa County)
McElmo Creek Flume (Montezuma County)
Ralston Cemetery (Jefferson County)
Salida Opera House (Chaffee County)

2010

Brown’s Sheep Camp (Las Animas County)
Colorado State Capitol Dome (Denver County)
Elkhorn Lodge (Larimer County)
Grand Junction Depot (Mesa County)
Outbuildings of Lake City (Hinsdale County)
Willowcroft Manor & Farm (Arapahoe County)

2009

Fourth Street Commercial District – Downtown Saguache (Saguache County)
Greeley Salt Lake and Pacific Railroad Grade (Larimer County)
Sixteenth Street Mall (Denver County)
Walsen Power Plant (Huerfano County)

2008

Chimney Rock (Archuleta County)
Craig Railroad Depot (Moffat County)
Rialto Theater Building (Alamosa County)
Riverside Cemetery (Denver County)
Silver Dollar Saloon (Teller County)

2007

Arkansas Valley Fairground Adobe Stables (Otero County)
Civic Center Park (Denver County)
Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Station (Conejos County)
McLaughlin Building (Pueblo County)
Santa Fe Trail & Southeast Heritage Region (Las Animas & Otero Counties)

2006

Colona School & Grange (Ouray County)
Commodore Mine District (Mineral County)
Como Depot (Park County)
Daniels Schoolhouse (Weld County)
Georgetown School (Clear Creek County)

2005

Hangar 61 (Denver County)
Historic Communities in the I-70 / Clear Creek Expansion Corridor (Clear Creek County)
Pillars of P.O.W. Camp 202 (Weld County)
Soldiers & Sailors Home (Rio Grande County)
Union Pacific Pumphouse (Cheyenne County)

2004

Beaumont Home (Pueblo County)
Bent County High School (Bent County)
Columbian Elementary School (Bent County)
Gianella Building (Las Animas County)
Paris Mill (Park County)
Redstone Castle (Pitkin County)

2003

City Ditch (Douglas, Arapahoe, and Denver Counties)
Hutchinson Homestead and Ranch (Chaffee County)
Kit Carson Hotel and Elks Lodge (Otero County)
Native American Arboreal Wickiup and Teepee Sites (Western Slope)
Satank (Pink) Bridge (Garfield County)

2002

Bradford Perley House (Jefferson County)
Foxton Post Office (Jefferson County)
Fruita Bridge (Mesa County)
Goodnight Barn (Pueblo County)
Grant Avenue Church (Denver County)
Hugo Roundhouse (Lincoln County)
Windsor Mill (Weld County)

2001

Amache Internment Camp: Granada (Prowers County)
Durango Power House (La Plata County)
Inter-Laken Resort (Lake County)
Lime Kilns (Pitkin County)
San Rafael Church (Conejos County)
Shield Rock Art Site (Rio Blanco County)
Snowstorm Gold Dredge (Park County)
Stranges Grocery Store (Mesa County)
Studzinski Block and Holden Block Buildings (Pueblo County)

2000

Alta Lakes Townsite (San Miguel County)
Currigan Exhibition Hall (Denver County)
Downtown Greeley (Weld County)
El Corazon de Trinidad National Historic District (Las Animas County)
Emma Store (Pitkin County)
Evans School (Denver County)
Manitou Springs Spa (El Paso County)
Original Gold Hill Town Site (Boulder County)
Rock Creek Stage Stop (Routt County)

1999

Colorado Fuel & Iron Plant (Pueblo County)
Dearfield (Weld County)
Grandview Terrace Neighborhood (Boulder County)
Hanging Flume on the Dolores River (Montrose County)

Red Mountain Mining District (Ouray County)

1998

Christian Science Church (Teller County)
Colorado’s Gaming Towns: Cripple Creek
(Teller County)
Colorado’s Gaming Towns: Black Hawk (Gilpin County)
Colorado’s Gaming Towns: Central City (Gilpin County)
Hispanic Cultural Landscape of the Purgatoire River Valley (Las Animas County)
Leadville’s Mining District
(Lake County)
Lewis Mill (San Miguel County)
Preston Farm (Larimer County)
Toltec Hotel (Las Animas 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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