Steamboat Springs The three properties that Cookie Lockhart has put up for sale hold enough history for its own chapter in a Steamboat Springs textbook.
And the three community organizations looking to purchase those properties The Hands-On! Children's Museum, Bud Werner Memorial Library and the city of Steamboat Springs are likely to extend that legacy.
Lockhart, who is moving to Arizona on doctors' orders to live at a lower elevation, is selling the buildings that house her antique store at 11th and Yampa and the auction and realty company at 12th and Lincoln. She also has six acres of pastureland up for sale by Rotary Park along the Yampa River Core Trail.
Perhaps the property with the most history is the house on the corner of Yampa and 11th streets, the one Lockhart lived in as a little girl and is now the antique shop with Old West collectibles. The property also gives the long-time Steamboat resident the greatest joy in selling with the prospective buyers being The Hands-On! Children's Museum.
"I do hope they get it because it just has an almost mystical and warm feeling to it, and everyone who gets that feeling there says it's like being somewhere else not being in the middle hubbub of town," Lockhart said.
The house, which Lockhart moved into when she was 3 years old, was a lumbermill in the 1800s and the base the Lockhart family used for their horse business that took visitors on rides to Emerald Mountain and Fish Creek Falls.
Today, Old West stagecoaches and carriages, items that hold memories for Lockhart, surround the antique store.
"(The museum) wants to keep our old stagecoaches, carriages and things and that made me really happy. The yellow hitch wagon is what we used for a hearse for my dad's funeral and they want to keep that and that just thrilled me to death," Lockhart said.
The children's museum closed last month when its lease expired at its 41 Eighth St. location. And Tibby Speare, executive director of the museum, has been looking for a permanent location for quite some time.
"I feel that it's a special place for a museum. That place has such a rich heritage," Speare said of the Lockhart house.
Speare has been working to organize an investors group to purchase the 1,500-square-foot house that is selling for $650,000. The Lockhart property is smaller than the place on Eighth Street, but Speare said it's a better location and could equal the space in the summer with an outside tepee.
RE/MAX's Scott Campbell, who is working with Lockhart to sell the property, said if the children's museum does not move in, the location would be great for a restaurant, and he did have a prospective buyer who wanted to turn it into a bed and breakfast.
Lockhart's other in town property, the auctioneer and reality office at 12th and Lincoln, has been a parcel the library has been interested in for quite some time. Purchased by Lockhart's father and brother in the 1950s, the building was used to support the family's auctioneering business.
As the only parcel on the block not owned by the city and close to the library, the Lockhart offices are a natural choice, said the president of the Board of Trustees, Tom Hopps.
"We're working with the city to really look at the feasibility of future expansion on that site," Hopps said.
The Lockhart property has been targeted along with moving into the Steamboat Springs Administrative Building at Seventh and Oak as the two most practical sites for a library expansion, Hopps said. With plans in the works, Hopps is unsure if the Lincoln Avenue building, with an Old West front, would remain but said one of the advantages to the property would be the possibility of more parking and location to Lincoln Avenue.
"The library needs a fair amount of space in order to resolve its needs for the next 40 years," Hopps said.
If the deal goes through, the library would use its reserves to purchase the property, Hopps said.
If the library does not purchase the property, Campbell said it could be turned into a major development if combined with another property on the market, the Western Lodge and Condominiums that sits across the street.
With land bordering Rotary Park and the Yampa River Core Trail, the six-acre parcel Lockhart has up for sale lies in one of Steamboat's favorite open space spots.
The buyable land was part of pastureland owned by the Lockharts for their cattle and horses. And Cookie remembers herding horses with her brother and hired man from the pasture into town where their horse-riding business was.
A barn still stands on the property, which was used as a shed that housed Lockhart's tubing business in the summer.
Many commercial applicants have approached Campbell about the property, but the land is zoned family residential, which would mean any commercial developments would have to go through a rezoning process with the city.
Another interested applicant, Campbell said, is the city, which would want the property as part of a conservation easement along the trail. If turned into a conservation easement, Campbell said, that parcel could be available for tax credit.
The six-acre parcel costs $850,000 but if owned by the city might qualify for a host of grants because of its environmental importance
"The city's trying to get some grant money to get enough to purchase it," Campbell said.
Linda Kakela, the city's director of intergovernmental services, said the city has not applied for any grants that specifically refer to the six acres of land.
And Susan Otis of the Yampa Valley Land Trust said Lockhart has not approached her about the property and no grants have been applied for to purchase the property. But that does not mean the organization is not interested.
"It's a wonderful piece that is right by part of the core trail," Otis said. "Cookie has not come in, but we would love to talk to her."
Coming from a family of auctioneers, Lockhart said if the property does not sell soon, it could go to the auction block. But the first woman to be inducted into Colorado's Auctioneers Hall of Fame said she would not being selling the property.
That job would be passed off to an auctioneer that works for her. But she also said that doesn't mean she would not return to Steamboat to auction off anyone else's property.
"I always come home for anyone who wants to have auction. I'll come home as long as I can," Lockhart said.