Emma Store

Year Listed: 2000
County: Pitkin County
Construction Date: 1898
Threat When Listed: Development by Neglect – Highway vibration
Status: SAVE

Located along the road from Glenwood Springs to Aspen sits the Town of Emma, a once-thriving community dating back to 1898. Now the town has only a few buildings left, including a commercial block, a storage building and a house.

With the building rapidly deteriorating, the owner is currently in negotiations with the Open Space Initiative to purchase the building, farmhouse, and twelve acres of land surrounding the site in hopes to rehabilitate the structures.

Last Update: July 2008

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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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