Two local sites receive historical designation

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— Two sites that represent the unique character of Routt County have joined the list of buildings and properties that officially hold historical meaning in the county.

Routt County Commissioners Tuesday approved local historic designation for the Noyce Ranch and the Little Green Schoolhouse in Hahn's Peak.

The Routt County Historic Preservation Board recommended in late June that both sites receive historical status.

The old Noyce Ranch consists of a turn-of-the-century barn and several outbuildings that now sit within the confines of Harmony Ranch.

Susan Shoemaker purchased the ranch, which sits along Twentymile Road just outside of Steamboat Springs, in 1976.

The ranch was homesteaded by the Noyce family almost 100 years ago and received its patent from the Routt County Assessor's Office in 1912.

It reflects the growth of ranching in Routt County in the first half of the 1900s and the persistence of that ranching heritage today.

Its makeup demonstrates design that was commonplace at the time of its construction.

The county has awarded more than 50 historical designations to sites that range from an old train station to ranches to historic eateries.

To qualify for local historic designation, applicants must apply to the Routt County Historic Preservation Board.

The application process requires that applicants provide such items as a statement of the site or property's historical significance, maps, photographs and a description of the architecture.

The Little Green Schoolhouse gained historical status in a somewhat reverse order.

Unlike most sites that first achieve local historical status and later receive state and national designation, the school building was first placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. A state designation followed in 1976, the year of the state's centennial celebration.

Construction on the schoolhouse was completed in 1911. A community Christmas party was the first event held in the building.

The building, which sits on Main Street in Hahn's Peak Village, is commonly referred to as the Hahn's Peak Schoolhouse.

Children in the first through the 12th grade attended the school. Today, it hosts community activities, and schoolchildren take tours through the building.

People who remembered the building from its early days were still calling it "the little green schoolhouse" when it received national historical designation. The building, however, was painted white at the time.

The one-room schoolhouse was eventually repainted to its original green color with white trim.

The Hahn's Peak Historical Society applied for the designation. President Deb Pollok said the building effectively illustrated the county's educational past.

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