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Colorado Preservation, Inc. held its first historic preservation conference in 1985. The purpose of the conference was to promote the education and networking of individuals interested in historic preservation. The success of the first conference demonstrated a significant interest in gathering preservation professionals on an annual basis. In 1997, the conference format and named changed to “Saving Places” and over the last 18 years, the conference has grown to become the premier preservation event in the Rocky Mountain west, second in size and content only to the National Preservation Conference. preservation50 medium-logo

In 2016 we explored the “Past. Present. Future.” of historic preservation. The 2016 Conference began Colorado’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Preservation Act.

This project was paid for in part by a History Colorado State Historical Fund grant.

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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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