Past Saving Places Conferences

Every year, CPI selects a conference theme based upon the Colorado State Historic Preservation Plan. Themes are utilized to unify focus and effort. Past themes (and conference programs) include:

• 2017: Preservation for a Changing Colorado
• 2016: Past. Present. Future. 
• 2015: Advancing Preservation Practices
• 2014: Preservation in Plain Sight: Developing a Community Vision
• 2013: The Language of Preservation: Building a Relevant Message for the 21st Century
• 2012: The Power of Heritage and Place
• 2011: Exploring the Benefits of Preservation
• 2010: Preservation – the Foundation of Sustainability
• 2009: Expanding Preservation Coalitions
• 2008: Promoting Colorado’s Heritage
• 2007: Planning, Growth and Preservation
• 2006: Building on the Past
• 2005: Bringing Preservation Home
• 2004: The Business of Preservation
• 2003: Preserving Western Heritage
• 2002: Preserving Public Places
• 2001: Preserving Diverse Cultural Heritage
• 2000: Preservation Partnerships for a New Century
• 1999: Creative Solutions & Case Studies for Historic Preservation
• 1998: Preservation Strategies

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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

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