Take a tour of town's treasures


— Adults and children are encouraged to get a taste of some of the town's historical treasures on foot today.

The city of Steamboat Springs Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, with the help of a grant from the Historic Preservation Fund, is sponsoring a walking tour of historical buildings in Old Town.

The tour begins at 3 p.m. at the Depot, where City Council members Nancy Kramer and Arianthe Stettner will offer some opening remarks.

People who come for the walk can expect to hear some anecdotes and unusual information about several buildings along the way.

Laureen Schaffer, historic preservation specialist with Historic Routt County, said several people have volunteered to tell stories about the places they know best.

After stops at the Bud Werner Memorial Library and the iron springs, the walk winds its way along Lincoln to such places as the Pilot Office Supply building and Centennial Hall, where work on the Carver Power Plant will be recognized.

Each stop will feature different speakers, Schaffer said.

All histories will be given outside buildings, with the exception of the presentation at Centennial Hall.

The walking tour concludes at the Depot with refreshments.

Schaffer estimated the walk should take participants an hour to complete, but she encouraged people to come even if they could not make the entire tour.

She hopes to organize a bike tour later in the summer, similar to the tour that took cyclists along the core trail to the Legacy Ranch last summer.

The walking tour kicks off a series of events that bring attention to May as Historic Preservation Month.

A banner that celebrates historic preservation partnerships will be displayed across Lincoln Avenue next week.

The Steamboat Springs City Council will recognize Historic Preservation Month at its Tuesday meeting.

The theme for this year's Historic Preservation Month calls on people to "Restore, Renew, Rediscover Your Historic Neighborhood Schools."

Routt County already falls in line with that theme with a number of old school buildings that have been rehabilitated to continue housing students or provide a meeting place for public gatherings.

"Right now, it's a really big focus at the national level, but we're actually been doing it (in Routt County) for some time," Schaffer said.


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