Year Listed: 2000
County: Routt County
Construction Date: 1880
Threat When Listed: Demolition by Neglect – Vacant
Originally built by James and Katherine Gates in the 1880s, the Rock Creek Stage Stop served as a family home, hotel, post office, and stage stop. It was a halfway station on the first Wells Fargo mail route into Yampa Valley and as a service center for settlers until the railroad line took over in 1887. Travelers going between Steamboat Springs and Kremmling stopped here before continuing their journey. The stage stop is listed on National Register of Historic Places.
Listed on the Endangered Places list in 2000, the stage stop was in desperate need of stabilization and restoration.
Now listed as a Save, its stabilization was the result of generous funding from the State Historical Fund, hours of labor by dedicated volunteers and contractors, exemplary work from Mountain Architecture and a partnership between the Steamboat Springs’ Tread of Pioneers Museum, Historic Routt County!, the Colorado Division of Wildlife, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Forest Service. Mountain Architecture was hired to stabalize and restore the building. Creative fundraising such as a raffle fundraiser event with two lucky winners receiving 150 lps of fresh Yampa Valley grass-fed beef ensured community support in addition to funding.
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