Steamboat Springs The run-down remains of the Crossan's M&A Market in Yampa could get a new roof to protect it through the winter and prevent it from degrading further until the town is able to restore the historic building.
Crossan's M&A Market, built in the early 20th century, sits at the corner of First and Main streets in Yampa. The structure has been vacant since the 1950s, and the town, along with volunteers, has made efforts to stabilize and protect the structure during the winter snows.
"Every winter, it just gets a little more crumpled looking," Trustee Karen Tussey said.
Tarping the building for the last two years proved to be an imperfect and temporary fix to protect the market from the elements, Trustee Jeff Drust said.
"There've been a few times where we've been up there on the icy roof trying to reset the tarp," Tussey said. "It's not particularly safe."
Last weekend, Drust led a failed attempt to install rolled roofing on the building, a project that was made more difficult by some unorthodox construction methods when the market was first built.
"We were just scratching our heads with this thing, and the way the roof was put on originally," Drust said.
The town now is looking for used tin sheeting that can be installed on top of the existing roof and tide the building over until it can be permanently re-roofed.
Since the town acquired the property in 2006, there has been talk of converting the century-old historic building for municipal or community use.
Proposed uses have included an expansion or replacement for the current Yampa Town Hall on Lincoln Avenue, or an expansion of the Yampa-Egeria Historical Museum, which sits across the street.
Eventual restoration obviously will require historic preservation grant funds, an endeavor the town began after the structure was added to the Routt County Register of Historic Places in March, Drust said.
Despite the Crossan's M&A Market's outward appearance, contractors who have been inside the building said the situation is not as bad as it looks.
"The trusses holding up the roof seem straight and sound, and in good shape," Drust said. "It looks a lot better from the inside."
The town of Yampa purchased Crossan's M&A Market and the land it sits on from Ken and Cindy Montgomery in 2006, for $69,000.
The building housed Buck & Son General Merchandise Store beginning in about 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.
"We're trying to keep it going, keep it alive, until we can get some restoration funds," Drust said. "Us dreamers, trying to make it work."