Year Listed: 2009
County: Huerfano County
Construction Date: Early 20th Century
Threat When Listed: Demolition by Neglect – Vacant
Built to provide energy to the Walsen Mine, Walsen Camp, and the town of Walsenburg, the power plant is the last remaining structure of the once bustling Walsen Camp, a coal mining settlement dating from the late 1870s. At its peak the Walsen Camp boasted over 200 homes and a population of 1,200.
The building suffers from years of neglect, vandalism, and scrap metal scavenging. The current owner has an eight-foot chain link and barbwire fence surrounding the perimeter of the building but vandalism and scavenging continues. With the high value of scrap metal the building will continue to be a prime target.
The power plant is currently for sale with the goal of finding a preservation-minded buyer. The current real estate broker is sensitive to historic preservation.