Community Agriculture Alliance: Historic Routt County honors preservation

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"What's happening to Steamboat?" is a question that has been asked plenty of times this spring as folks from out of town visit for the first time in a year or two. With all the change that is happening in our community, it's hard to recognize what has stayed the same. At a Historic Preservation Month/annual member meeting in May, Historic Routt County honored some of the places and people who have helped keep the ties to our past intact.

The Historic American Building Survey (HABS) is one of the oldest historic documentation projects in the country. In an effort to record what types of buildings have been built in our country, how they relate to a time period, location and to other buildings, Kat Vlahos from the University of Colorado at Denver has brought students to Routt County to document ranches.

This year, two local ranch families were presented with a HABS drawing. Ella Murphy and son Elvin Hibbert accepted a drawing of their ranch located at the base of Rabbit Ears Pass. Marsha Daughenbaugh was on hand to accept the drawing of the Rocking C Bar Ranch, located on the lower Elk River, on behalf of the Gray, Daughenbaugh and Allen families who call the ranch home.

HRC presented Dustin and Kori Dahlin of Phippsburg a beautiful bronze plaque commemorating their home's honor of being placed on the Routt County Register of Historic Places. Known as the Sam and Angelina Iacovetto home, this well-known house on Colorado Highway 131 was home to one of South Routt's most influential families.

Diana and William Yeagher also will proudly display their bronze plaque in recognition of their ranch being placed on the register. Situated in the south valley in the community of Sidney, the home features unique architectural designs of our past. The Yeaghers are to be commended for their stewardship of one of Routt County's gems.

Special recognition was given to Nancy Graves, who has worked with HRC as an administrative assistant. Nancy's enthusiasm, hard work and dedication to HRC's mission were recognized by the Board during this special presentation.

This year, two incredible families were recognized for their outstanding preservation ethic with the Historic Preservation Leadership Award. Margaret Hogue and family were recognized for their commitment to preserving downtown Steamboat Springs with the restoration of the Maxwell/Squire Building at Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue. A true testament to our past, the building has been restored to look as it did when originally built.

The James Crawford and Nancy Rossi families were honored with the Historic Preservation Leadership Award as well. After being owned by others for many years, the elegant family home on Crawford Avenue has been purchased by the Crawford heirs, and the family has undertaken the enormous effort to restore the home.

Both the Hogue and Crawford families have undertaken these efforts without the help of grant money or public assistance, a true testament of their dedication to these historic structures.

Restoration of historic structures like these would not be possible without expert help. Jan Kaminski, architect, and Tyke Pierce and Bill Irvine, contractors/craftsmen, are to be commended for their work on these and other historic restoration projects.

Routt County is changing, but through the efforts of these dedicated individuals, pieces of our past are being preserved. To learn how you can help with this effort, contact Historic Routt County at 875-1305 or e-mail hrc@springsips.com.

Hagenbuch is the executive director of Historic Routt County.

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