Walsen Power Plant

Year Listed: 2009
County: Huerfano County
Construction Date: Early 20th Century
Threat When Listed: Demolition by Neglect – Vacant
Status: ALERT
 
 

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. It 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.

In 2015, a preservation-minded buyer purchased the property and has plans to rebuild the lost wall. A group of CU Denver graduate engineering students were able to adopt the site as a semester project and completed an engineering assessment in 2018. 

Additional Links:

Walsenburg Power Plant Facebook Page

 

Donate to CPI

We hope you will extend your appreciation for Colorado's heritage by helping us take advantage of this $1 to $1 matching campaign. Learn more about our matching campaign and make your tax-deductible donation today!

Matching Campaign

Thank you to our donors for the 2022 matching campaign!
 

Annie Mabry

Dave and Corinne Lively

Gregory Friesen

William West

Keith Brooke

Paula Sutton

Richard and Bonnie Scudder

Melinda Elswick

John Quest

Richard and Patricia Cronenberger

Newmont Corp.

Kathleen Delzell

Lynda Heckendorn

Donald and Glenita Emarine

Sally Hopper

Marcia and Will Johnson

Don Stott

Sydney Nathans

Robin Cope

Kintz & Family

Anne Goolsby

Sarah Hite

Kevin Kearney

Monta Lee Dakin

John and Camille Palmeri

Sonya Ellingboe

Tim & Kris Hoehn

Leo H. Smith

Russell E. & Carol. H. Atha, III

Melanie Roth

Beverly Rich

Christopher Erskine

John Boydstun

Corinne A. Koehler

Nancy Eastman

Joan Strobel-McLean

Tomas A. Hart

Kay Lynn Hefley

Bennett Boeschenstein

Vincent Szafranko

Maureen Espinoza – The Colorado Group

Robert Renfro

Eric Bittner

Janet Dahlquist

William S. Saslow

Dave Hertel

Tim White – White Construction Group

Dan Corson

Ian Lyle

Anonymous

Kaaren Hardy

Terry Tomsick

Carolyn & Don Etter

Kevin E. Corwin

Walter & Susanna Weart

Heather Eckels

Bernadette Kelly

Virginia & Robert Fuller

Featured Project

Preservation for a Changing Colorado

Historic preservation has a direct economic benefit to communities and Colorado! Take a look at the 2017 study, which considered the ways adaption of historic places has a direct financial effect on the state.

This updated, most resent study, was the result of a partnership between Colorado Preservation, Inc and History Colorado, funded by a grant from History Colorado's State Historical Fund. Prepared by Clarion Associates, the new report document the economic benefits of rehabilitation projects, analyzes property values and neighborhood stability in local historic districts, and summarizes the increasing impact of heritage tourism, private preservation development and the success of Colorado’s Main Street program.

In a key finding, researchers determined that for every $1 million spent on historic preservation in Colorado it produced $1.03 million in additional spending, 14 new jobs, and $636,700 in increased household incomes across the state!

The 2017 report also considers the important role preservation plays in helping Coloradans provide new spaces for creative communities and co-working, create and sustain meaningful places, responds to the state’s changing demographics, and addresses climate concerns.

Click Here to see download and read the full report, "Preservation for a Changing Colorado".