DENVER — Colorado’s Most Endangered Places List was announced on Tuesday by CBS4 Meteorologist Dave Aguilera at Colorado Preservation, Inc.’s 2019 Saving Places® Conference at the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel.
Since 1998, Colorado Preservation, Inc. has been working with communities throughout the state to save endangered historic buildings, landscapes and archaeological sites through its Endangered Places Program. Five diverse places were listed — three of them in the San Luis Valley — and four important sites were recognized as SAVED. In addition, Colorado Governor Jared Polis gave remarks at the Endangered Places luncheon and addressed how Colorado communities and leaders are exploring the changes, threats, challenges, and successes of the preservation movement.
Five historic sites were selected for the 2019 list of Colorado’s Most Endangered Places:
1. Adobe Potato Cellars of the San Luis Valley (Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Rio Grande, and Saguache Counties)
2. Hose Company No. 3 Fire Museum (Pueblo County)
3. Iglesia De San Antonio-Tiffany Catholic Church (La Plata County)
4. McIntire Ranch and Mansion (Conejos County)
5. R&R Market (Costilla County)
Four sites previously listed as Colorado’s Most Endangered Places were recognized as Saved:
1. Colona School and Grange (Ouray County)
2. The McElmo Creek Flume (Montezuma County)
3. Crossans Market (Routt County)
4. Cramner Park Sundial and Terrace (Denver County)
This year marks the 22nd anniversary of Colorado Preservation, Inc.’s Saving Places® Conference and Most Endangered Places list. This program provides advocacy, awareness, and technical assistance to significant historic sites throughout Colorado that are in danger of being lost. Colorado Preservation, Inc. devotes staff time and resources to raise funds and rally concerned citizens so that listed as well as un-listed sites can be saved. In 22 years, the Colorado’s Most Endangered Places program has highlighted 122 historic sites throughout the state; 47 sites have been SAVED and only seven have been lost. The program has a wide reach, with sites located in every region of the state in 49 of the 64 counties.
Colorado’s Most Endangered Places are located throughout the state. The general public is invited to visit, learn and be inspired! Experience Colorado’s history firsthand by picking a region and taking a self-guided road trip.
This project is paid for in part by a History Colorado State Historical Fund grant.
McIntire Ranch and Mansion in Conejos County is one of five historic sites listed on the 2019 list of Colorado's Most Endangered Places.
The historic site of the current R&R Market
Adobe Potato Cellars of the San Luis Valley are among the endangered places. This is the Reyes Garcia potato cellar.