Yampa Crossan's M&A Market has sat empty for nearly half of its years in Yampa, but the town is hoping to give it new life as a municipal building or historical museum.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners added Crossan's M&A Market to the Routt County Register of Historic Properties on Tuesday, following the previous decision of the Routt County Historic Preservation Board.
The preservation board deemed Crossan's M&A Market to have historic qualities, according to the board's criteria, including character; interest; heritage and cultural characteristics of Routt County; identification with people who significantly contributed to the culture and development of Routt County; embodiment of distinguishing architectural characteristics; and representation of an established and familiar visual feature in Yampa.
Crossan's M&A Market, built in the early 20th century, sits at the corner of First and Main streets in Yampa.
The building housed the Buck & Son General Merchandise Store beginning sometime around 1906, and the mercantile later was sold to Joe Montgomery and Joe Allen and renamed the M&A Market. Allen's son-in-law, Bob Crossan, later joined the business and purchased it outright in the 1950s, changing the name to Crossan's M&A Market.
"There has been some discussion of perhaps being able to use it as the Town Hall building as we move into the future," Yampa Town Clerk Janet Ray said.
Yampa Town Hall is split between the town's administrative staff and the offices of the Yampa Fire Protection District's fire and ambulance crews. As the town grows, it will outgrow its Lincoln Avenue facility, Ray said.
"There's not much property left in Yampa, and this location is ideal," she said.
The town of Yampa purchased Crossan's M&A Market and the land it sits on from Ken and Cindy Montgomery in 2006 at the price of $69,000.
Crossan's M&A Market sits across the street from the Yampa-Egeria Historical Museum, whose collection of historic items extends far beyond what it can display in its current space.
"The other possibility is to actually use it as a museum," Ray said. "All of that, of course, is very contingent on the historic structure assessment and what we're looking at in terms of restoring it."
The renovations of the structure, which has sat vacant since the 1950s, likely is to be "extremely challenging," Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger said.
Yampa already has undertaken emergency stabilization procedures to protect the structure and will make every effort to preserve it, Ray said.