Properties named 'Historic Places'

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— Two county properties have received historic designation for their contribution to the architectural and historical character of Routt County.

The Iacovetto House in Phippsburg and the Yeagher Ranch in the former town of Sidney were named to the Routt County Register of Historic Places by the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Oct. 31.

Historic Routt County provided technical assistance to Kori and Dustin Dahlin for their application of the Iacovetto family home. Historic Routt County also provided technical assistance to Bill and Diana Yeagher, who own the historical Mager District, known today as the Yeagher Ranch, which was built in 1903 in what was then the town of Sidney.

Dates were provided on the application documents and through Historic Routt County.

The Iacovetto home is located at 21513 Second Ave. in Phippsburg. The Mager District is located at 32670 Routt County Road 14.

The Iacovetto House is the first property in Phippsburg to be listed on the Routt County Historic Register. According to the county assessor's records, the house was built in 1911 for miners working in the nearby Oak Hills Coal Company.

Sam and Angelina Iacovetto, often referred to as "Mrs.," immigrated from Italy, and lived in the home with their 10 children from 1916 to the late 1990s.

The house was deemed significant because of its association with the Iacovetto family, a longstanding family name in South Routt, and its exemplification of Routt County's economic development, according to a statement from Historic Routt County.

The Mager District is located south of Steamboat Springs.

The Mager District is across from the old Sidney business district, which included a store, post office, church and school. The school still stands.

"My husband and I are very pleased it's been recognized," Diana Yeagher said. "I enjoy history, particularly Colorado history."

Diana Yeagher, who said the application to receive historic designation is not simple, said she and her husband have done little in terms of restoration of the ranch buildings.

"It was so soundly built," Diana Yeagher said.

The Mager District consists of a house, two small outbuildings and a stock shed. The barn no longer stands. Fred "Billy" Eichoff, a stage driver between Wolcott and Hahn's Peak, originally purchased the land and sold it to his widowed sister Louisa Mager. She built the house in 1902 as a summer home, according to the application documents.

In 1918, the Bowens bought the property for a working ranch and added a barn and the outbuildings. The Yeaghers bought the property in 1971.

"Billy and I were looking for a house in Steamboat," Diana Yeagher said. "We had some friends who had lived in the valley."

The Yeaghers had looked at moving to Crested Butte but opted for the historical Mager District off County Road 14.

"It's nice that we still have people who care about that part of Routt County," Diana Yeagher said of the historic designation.

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