Phillips County Survey

Historic farmstead near Amherst, Colorado

Harvesting the High Plains:

Surveying Historic Farmsteads in Phillips County

With funding from the Colorado Historical Society’s State Historical Fund, Colorado Preservation, Inc. is surveying rural Phillips County. Although agriculture has been predominant in the economy of the eastern portion of the state since settlement, no survey of agricultural resources has been conducted. Documenting the rural resources of Eastern Colorado is essential to understanding, preserving, and interpreting the built history of the region as well as laying a foundation for preservation planning, heritage tourism, and economic development.

The Survey:

The project will begin with a reconnaissance-level survey of all historic structures in unincorporated Phillips County. The survey team will drive all public roads in the county, inventorying and photographing all resources more than 50 years old that are visible from the public right-of-way. Next, Colorado Preservation, Inc. will work with property owners to select 20 of the most significant resources for intensive-level survey. This will include researching the history of the property and completing a detailed evaluation form with an architectural description, site plan, and determination of whether the property would be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Results:

The goal is to document the county’s rural resources and their role in the agricultural development of Phillips County. A survey report will summarize the survey results, place surveyed resources into historic contexts, present recommendations for future preservation work in the county (including National Register nominations and heritage tourism), and provide an overview of preservation tools available. Colorado Preservation, Inc. will also share survey results through the production of a brochure highlighting Phillip County’s rural historic resources and a website. Learn More >>

Get Involved!

Please help make this survey a success by sharing your knowledge. Did your family homestead in Phillips County? Do you have family photos, letters, or memoirs relating to farm life in Phillips County to share? Own a historic property that you would like us to survey? If so, please letColorado Preservation, Inc. know!

For More Information Contact:

Abbey Christman, Survey Director
Phone: (303) 893-4260
Email: achristman@coloradopreservation.org
Address: 2100 Downing Street, Suite 300, Denver, Colorado 80205

 

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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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