Historic Routt County led the effort to restore the iconic More Barn and reconstruct the Yock Family Homestead Cabin, part of More Barn Park, during the summers of 2010 and 2011. The project was the first of its kind in the county that featured a partnership between Historic Routt County and the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC). The partnership was the catalyst to form the RMYC’s Historic Preservation Corps, which is a four-person team, ages 17 to 21, that worked with RMYC leaders and a professional historic preservation contractor to repair the barn and the collapsing Yock Family Cabin next to it.
According to former Historic Routt County Executive Director Towny Anderson, the program is a training ground for people who would like to go into historic preservation later in life. “The program is a way to introduce kids to historic preservation and hopefully encourage them to get further education in historic preservation. Instead of taking a youth corps out into the wilderness and building trails, why not put them on an historic site?” Anderson explained in a newspaper article for the Steamboat Today.
In cooperation with the City of Steamboat Springs and the developer of the Barn Village subdivision where the More Barn is located, the RMYC’s Historic Preservation Corps worked for eight weeks during the summer of 2010 under the leadership of Bud Rogers with H.E. Rogers Construction and 6 weeks during the summer of 2011 under the leadership of Rick Pighini with Minglewood Timbers. Thanks to their hard work, the More Barn received a face lift and the Yock Cabin was fully restored and now sits in the midst of More Barn Park as a reminder of the county’s treasured past.