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Causes: Arts & Culture, Historical Organizations

Mission: Historic routt countys mission is to preserve and to promote the heritage of routt county communities and rural areas through the built environment. Historic routt county connects yesterdays places with tomorrow. Historic routt county collaborates with willing property owners to preserve, document and celebrate routt county's unique historic resources.

Programs: Preservation projects:crossans m & a market: work on phase 1 of the crossans m & a market came to a successful close this past march. The building was lifted and placed on a brand new foundation. Work is proceeding to finish up the entire set of construction documents that will guide the remainder of the project. Rehder ranch: hrc partnered with the yampa valley land trust, owner of the rehder ranch nature preserve in pleasant valley, in the summer/fall of 2014 to begin rehabilitation of the historic buildings on the property. Phase 1 work is complete, and work involved repairing the foundation of the bank barn and installing effective drainage around the perimeter of the building. Hahns peak lookout: hahns peak lookout was added to colorado preservation incs 2014 most endangered places list, an honor that attests to the importance of the lookout to routt countys history. Hrc is working with the united states forest service to rehabilitate the historic lookout near clark, co. Work is slated to begin the summer of 2015. Hrc will be working with historicorps to engage volunteers, and hrc also will hire the rocky mountain youth corps historic preservation crew for two weeks. Foidel schoolhouse: historic routt county, in partnership with peabody-twentymile coal, llc. And the historical society of oak creek and phippsburg, have been working the past few years to restore the historic foidel canyon schoolhouse on twentymile road. Work is almost done - just a little more work to go! Volunteers with the historical society of oak creek and phippsburg have attended 3 workdays to assist with scraping paint, painting, repairs and window glazing.

events: all about barns & lost steamboat: hrc held a highly successful and informative fundraiser in april at the historic chief theater. As part of our barns, etc. Program, architect robert (bob) c. Mchugh treated attendees to a visual journey showing the transformation of barns from the 1700s to the 1930s. Lost steamboat shows glimpses of the town as it once was through 12 photographs of buildings that are no longer standing. Talking green: hrc partnered with the yampa valley sustainability council and the bud werner memorial library for a free talking green event in august. The talk was entitled the sustainability of historic preservation and featured an evening with patrick eidman of history colorado and paul bonnifield, local rancher and routt county historian. Annual meeting: the hrc annual meeting and awards celebration this past october drew about 50 people from all over the county. Historic designation: hrc successfully nominated the foidel canyon schoolhouse and the fly gulch schoolhouse to the routt county register of historic properties this year. New website live! Hrc was proud to introduce its new website at http://www. Historicrouttcounty. Org. Public outreach: hrc continued its sponsorship of the summer olympic heritage & downtown walking tours and the mesa open house with the tread of pioneers museum, the city of steamboat springs and yampatika. Hrc also is active in other outreach and educational events, such as the colorado preservation inc. Annual conference, columns for the newspaper and hrc continues to organize the where in routt county photo contest weekly newspaper feature.

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HistoriCorps worked with Historic Routt County and Routt National Forest on the epic (multi-stage) restoration of Hahns Peak Fire Lookout Tower on top of Old Baldy, near Steamboat Springs, CO. The altitude and inaccessible location made the project extremely challenging. The project was finally completed in 2017; a successful collaboration that overcame all odds.