HistoriCorps is a preservation initiative modeled after community service programs such as the Civilian Conservation Corps and AmeriCorps. Through a partnership formed by Colorado Preservation, Inc., the United States Forest Service, and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, HistoriCorps works to increase the capacity to achieve preservation projects while teaching preservation maintenance and traditional building skills, advancing sustainable technology for historic buildings, and creating jobs for young adults.

To learn more about the mission of HistoriCorps, visit the HistoriCorps website at www.historicorps.org.

In only the first year, HistoriCorps completed thirteen projects in four states (including Alaska!), repaired and rehabilitated thirty-nine buildings, and partnered with twenty-one organizations and agencies.

HistoriCorps is currently organizing several exciting projects on public lands to be completed during the summer of 2011. For our second field season, HistoriCorps will be completing projects in Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming. To learn more about upcoming projects visit the HistoriCorps’ project page.

Contact info@historicorps.org to learn how YOU can get involved in these important projects!

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Featured Project

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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