Project Update: Slayton Ranch Work Center

Phase One of Slayton Ranch Work Center Nearing Completion

Slayton Ranch House

Slayton Ranch Work Center consists of four historic buildings (the House, Shop/Warehouse, Garage and Root Cellar) and is listed on the National Register. The site functioned as the headquarters of the Land Utilization Project (LUP) during the New Deal era, housing government program staff and demonstration projects for soil conservation and agricultural techniques following the environmental crises of the 1930s in northeastern Colorado.

Colorado Preservation, Inc is managing this first phase of work, which entailed rehabilitating the roof of the House and exterior rehabilitation of the Shop/Warehouse including roof, siding, doors, and window. A final meeting and walkthrough took place in September 2020 with the U.S. Forest Service (owner representative), the State Historical Fund, Form + Works Design Group, and A&M Renovations.

Slayton Ranch House roof
Slayton Ranch Shop/Warehouse
Slayton Ranch Shop/Warehouse, north and west elevation

Colorado Preservation, Inc. serves as the fiscal agent and grant/project administrator in partnership with the Forest Service to preserve and develop the reuse for this unique property.

The project team hopes to continue its close and important partnership into the future. This collaboration would lead to rehabilitating the interior of the main house as a visitor and interpretive center, telling the history of the New Deal Era Land Utilization Project, and to Slayton Ranch Work Center becoming a major attraction along the adjacent Pawnee Pioneer Trails Scenic Byway.

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