Emma Store

Year Listed: 2000
County: Pitkin County
Construction Date: 1898
Threat When Listed: Development by Neglect – Highway vibration
Status: SAVE

Located along the road from Glenwood Springs to Aspen sits the Town of Emma, a once-thriving community dating back to 1898. Now the town has only a few buildings left, including a commercial block, a storage building and a house.

Pitkin County Open Space purchased the property and is nearing completion of a thoughtful re-use plan for the commercial buildings, farmhouse, hop house and twelve acres of land surrounding the site in 2020.

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