Shield Rock Art Site

Year Listed: 2001
County: Rio Blanco County
Construction Date: 1200 A.D.
Threat When Listed: Vandalism
Status: SAVE

 

The Shield Site dates to 1200 A.D., and is in an area that has some of the oldest Native American pictographs and petroglyphs in the state.

As part of the area’s Canyon Pintado Project, the site falls into phase II of trail and interpretive installation being conducted by the Bureau of Land Management. New interpretive signage has been installed as well as increased staff visits to the site to decrease the risk of vandalism.

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Driving Tour: Rangely Rock Art Sites

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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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