Four historic sites added to list of Colorado’s Most Endangered Places


The state’s historic preservation program announced grants amounting to $2 million on Monday, with matching funds from recipients and community organizations bringing the total to $3 million.

“While historic preservation may sound like a ‘nice thing’ in times of crisis, it is in fact a means of providing multi-layered economic stimulus to communities that can leverage it the most,” said Tim Stroh, director of History Colorado’s State Historical Fund. 

Since mid-March, over $4.2 million has gone toward various projects, with $24 million actively being spent statewide from prior awards. Of the current grants from the fund, 75% are to rural areas.

Among the latest recipients are:

  • Salida Parks Open Space and Trails will receive $199,000 in order for the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association to use The Valley View School in Salida for environmental education classes and a youth program headquarters.
  • The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Towaoc will receive $99,231 to create a Tribal Register of Historic Places and Tribal Review Board. The project will enable the tribe to preserve property, arts, crafts and cultural practices.
  • Sedgwick County will receive $105,556 to finish restoration of the Union Pacific train depot in Julesburg, turning it into a museum and community space.

The deadline to apply for the next round of funding is Oct. 1.

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