Saving the places that give Routt County its unique heart and soul is the cornerstone of Historic Routt County’s efforts.
No project is the same, just as no person is the same. Each project carries with it a sense of something honorable, something precious, and each project connects us with ties — stories and experiences — that bind us together.
We are proud of the work we do at Historic Routt County.
We all have places that conjure up a treasure chest of golden memories that help make us who we are today. We save the places that matter to people of all generations here, in our very own backyard. These are the places lovingly built by Routt County families — the places that house their lives and memories. In saving the Foidel Canyon Schoolhouse, we remember the schoolchildren – now much older and wiser – that learned how to read and pulled pigtails there. In saving Crossan’s M & A Market, we honor the folks that shared the latest gossip with the neighbor they ran into at the meat counter.
The very act of saving these buildings brings people together today.
Volunteers from all over the county glaze windows, hammer nails and caulk trim at the Foidel Schoolhouse, all the time laughing and sharing stories with each other. South Routt community members have spent hundreds of hours cleaning, stabilizing and writing grants to save the Crossan’s Market.
These old buildings hold promise of the future too.
By restoring the Foidel Schoolhouse, it can be used by you and me as a gathering place for weddings, family reunions and retreats. We all will be able to stop by the new visitor’s center at the Crossan’s M & A Market as we head up to hike the Devil’s Causeway. While remembering the people and events of our past, these fixed-up old buildings are bringing and will continue to bring us together to share, laugh and connect. Isn’t this what life is all about?
Historic Routt County assists property owners with preservation treatments of their buildings by requesting grants to help fund rehabilitation or preservation treatments to their properties, facilitating tax credits, and by connecting owners to technical support for projects. Take a look at some of our recent and upcoming projects, and give us a call today if you’d like to volunteer or if we can help you with a project of your own!