4 sites named to local historic places register


— Four old properties are now eligible for state funding after being named to the Routt County Register of Historic Places.
The Lake Cata-mount Ranch District, the Delaney Ranch District, the Fiebing House and the Rock Creek Stage Stop all were named to the list recently.
"It's mainly honorary. It's recognition that they have contributed to the history of Routt County," historic preservation specialist Laureen Schaffer said.
The Catamount Ranch District has eight structures, including a barn built in 1910 and a homestead house. It is located south of Steamboat Springs near Lake Catamount. It was chosen for its role in the development of the cultural heritage of ranching in the Yampa Valley.
The Delaney Ranch District has 11 structures and is located north of Hayden on County Road 80. No one knows for sure when the first building was constructed on the land.
"There's lots of different stories going around about when that house was built, but it was probably built in the 'teens," Schaffer said.
The argument is that some of the structures were already on the land before Isadore Bolten, the earliest known owner, moved onto the property.
"I need to do some more research on this," Schaffer said.
The Fiebing House was built in 1947 by author and historian John Rolfe Burroughs. In addition to memorializing the local writer, the house represents post-World-War-II growth in Steamboat Springs.
It is now owned by Steamboat Springs Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing.
The Rock Creek Stage Stop is near Gore Pass. The large log building is a one-day ride on a horse to Kremmling in one direction and a one-day ride to Steamboat Spring in another, which made it a perfect stop for travelers a century ago.
The site also was used as a mail drop for Wells Fargo and was once used as a court of law.
In March, the 120-year-old Rock Creek Stage Stop was put on a list of nine endangered sites in Colorado.
After receiving the local historic register listing on July 19, Rock Creek officials were notified that the stage stop also was approved for a $86,000 grant to pay for repairs on the building.
All sites on the Routt County Historic Register are eligible for Colorado State Historical Society grants for restoration.
The register of historic places began in 1993 with the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp. Since then, 40 other sites have been put on the register.

To reach Doug Crowl call 871-4206 or e-mail dcrowl@amigo.net


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