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Arnold Barn

Arnold Barn

Project Overview and Vision

Long before Steamboat Springs was known as Ski Town USA, it was a humble, isolated agricultural community. The vision of the Arnold Barn Iconic Entry Project is to honor Routt County’s rich agricultural heritage by transforming the dilapidated Arnold Barn into a welcoming and accessible landmark.

Walter Arnold built his dairy barn in 1928 at the base of Mt. Werner (then called Storm Mountain). The barn was the heart of the Arnold family’s 160-acre ranch and dairy farm. For more than 30 years Walter, his wife, and their three sons raised Holstein cows, sheep, chickens, oats, and hay, and sold dairy products and eggs in the small town of Steamboat Springs.

In 1961, the Arnolds retired from agriculture and the newly formed Storm Mountain Ski Corporation purchased their property to allow access to the fledgling resort. For many years the barn was used for storage and a backdrop for advertising photos.

Over time, farm buildings disappeared, the fields became roadways and a parking lot, and development transformed the landscape. As ownership of the property changed hands multiple times over the years, the barn suffered from neglect and slowly sank into the manmade wetland and the edge of the Meadows parking lot.

In 2016 the Save Arnold Barn group formed to advocate for the preservation of the barn and to galvanize community support. In 2017, the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation regained ownership of the barn. Emergency stabilization of the barn was completed in fall of 2017.

A public/private partnership formed between Steamboat Springs Redevelopment Authority, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation, Steamboat Grand Homeowners Association, and Save Arnold Barn/Historic Routt County to relocate the barn to a more accessible location at the base of the ski area and rehabilitate the barn on its new site. Work on this project is anticipated to begin summer of 2018.


Proposed new location of Arnold Barn

Historic Routt County is the proud partner and fiscal agent to the Save Arnold Barn group.

Crossan’s M & A Market, Yampa Colorado

Crossan’s M & A Market

Crossan’s M & A Market

“Where you can get All Kinds of Fresh Meats, Fruits, Vegetables and the Best of Everything in groceries. We do all kinds of work in our Tin Shop. Make our Store your Home”

Advertisement in the Yampa Leader 1906 Edition

Learn about all of the progress we’ve made this year on Crossan’s M&A Market

Project Overview and Vision

Crossan’s M & A Market is located in the heart of Yampa, CO on the corner of 1st and Main Street. Built in 1903, the market served Yampa as a general store for 61 years, until the business was closed in 1964 and the building slowly deteriorated. In 2006 the Town of Yampa purchased Crossan’s. The Friends of Crossan’s M & A Market committee formed in 2011, for the purpose of saving the iconic building. Friends of Crossan’s, the Town of Yampa, and Historic Routt County are deeply committed to the market and seeing its rehabilitation and adaptive reuse through to completion.

A fully rehabilitated Crossan’s will accommodate a number of community-wide uses: it will be the Yampa Town Hall, which will include a community meeting room. Crossan’s will also provide space for the Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Program, Flattops Scenic Byway, and the South Routt Economic Development Center, and a visitor’s center will house exhibits open to the public coordinated by the Yampa-Egeria Historical Society. In addition to curated exhibits, there will be a research and genealogy center for those interested in exploring personal connections to the region’s storied past. The rehabilitation of the market will provide a meaningful educational experience for the students in the South Routt School District; many of the students have grandparents who have personal history with the market, and plans are underway to create a curriculum that utilizes those personal memories.

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Crossan’s M & A Market, Yampa Colorado

Crossan’s M & A Market History


Yampa 1903

The history of Crossan’s M & A Market goes back to the early 1900s. In 1902, there wasn’t much to the town of Yampa, but in 1903, forty new buildings went up in a single year! The construction boom could be traced to the anticipated arrival of the Moffat Line, the first railroad to arrive in Northwest Colorado. Two brothers, 1903 Crossan'sSam and Ed Bell, who had a reputation for strong-arming union leaders on behalf of mine owners in Cripple Creek, took part in the 1903 development rush, building the general merchandise store in Yampa’s L-shaped commercial district. They began construction in March 1903 and by June, the market was fully stocked and open for business.


Buck & SonThe Bell brothers sold the store in 1905 to Buck & Son, and just as fast as they built the first general merchandise store in Yampa, they attempted to take advantage of the new owners by building a new, larger store right next door.

Buck & Son morphed into Buck and Moore after a year, but it was George Canant, who purchased the store in 1910, who finally brought stability to the operation. He dubbed the store Canant’s on the Corner and competed with the Bell brothers by touting his selection of fresh produce. He remained at the helm of the store until 1930.

In 1935, Canant’s daughter sold the store to Howard Allen and Joe Montgomery, and they operated the store as the M & A Market. In a 1936 quit-claim title transaction, Howard Allen and Robert Crossan bought Montgomery’s share, and the market became Crossan’s M & A Market. In 1952, Allen retired, and Robert and Florence Crossan managed the store until 1964.

Crossan's M & A Market c. 1935

The store shut down for good in 1964 after the Crossans retired and their son, George, showed no interest in carrying on. It was sold back to Joe Montgomery, who had a store down the street, and he used it for storage.

Crossan’s M & A Market was significant to Western Colorado as one of the first general stores in the Yampa Valley. The store offered the necessities for living in an isolated and remote area; it was an integral part of the cultural and economic vitality of the region. Its prominent location on the corner of First and Main Street has ensured it remains an established and familiar feature for more than 110 years.

More than a market, a general merchandise store was an important social hub as well. Cowboys, sheepherders, preachers, lawyers, housewives and school teachers all gathered at the store. It was a place where a cowboy could find a woman to take to the dance.

The market is a good example of a false-front, two-story, commercial building. Its gable roof is partially concealed behind the two and a half story clapboard facade, with a central pediment that is aligned with the ridge and pitch of the roof. The main front entrance has a recessed entry and is flanked by two large display windows. The authenticity of the interior remains congruent to a 20th Century general mercantile store, which helps tell the story of the building’s period of significance: 1903 -1964. Crossan’s is surrounded by structures built during the 1903 building boom that helped to create and to define the town of Yampa. It is the best example in Yampa of a two-story commercial building reflecting the least amount of change over time. The fact that the building has always been used as a general mercantile store since its construction in 1903 is notable.

interior 1940s

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Crossan’s M & A Market Rehabilitation


The rehabilitation of Crossan’s M & A Market has been a multi-year, multi-phase project spearheaded by Friends of Crossan’s, the Town of Yampa, and Historic Routt County. HRC is proud to be the fiscal agent and project manager of the Crossan’s rehab.

Project Milestones

In 2012, Colorado Preservation Inc. selected Crossan’s M & A Market as one of Colorado’s Most Endangered Places, due to its historical significance, its deteriorated condition, and the community support for its preservation. We are thrilled that CPI has recognized the progress made toward saving Crossan’s by honoring the project with the prestigious Endangered Places Progress Award at the Dana Crawford Awards in May 2017.

Rehabilitation Phase 1

November 2013 marked the much-anticipated ground-breaking for the Crossan’s M & A Market Project. Led by contractor John Dobell with Dobell Contracting Company, Inc., work was accomplished to demolish the sidewalks, de-construct a shed in the back of the building and lift the building by about three feet so it can sit safely and securely on its new, stable foundation.

Crossan's Phase

Rehabilitation Phases 2 and 3:

The purpose of Phase 2 was to rehabilitate the exterior and first floor interior of the market. This phase involved reinstalling utility lines including water, sewer, power, gas, telephone and fire suppression; rehabilitation of exterior siding and trim; replacement of roofing; rehabilitation of storefront windows, exterior doors, interior trim; and replacement of the wood floor in the mercantile area. Phase 2 was funded by a $200,000 SHF grant matchedby a $400,000 Department of Local Affairs grant. Thanks to Jan Kaminski, Principal/Architect of Mountain Architecture Design Group, John Dobell of Dobell Contracting Company, and the hard work of so many others, we are just weeks away from completing Phase 2!

Crossan's foundation

Pending funding, Phase 3 will accomplish the final work needed to complete the project as an adaptive reuse. The project will accomplish the preservation and rehabilitation of the second floor and make the entire building ADA accessible so that it can be used for a community meeting space and offices for the Town of Yampa’s employees.

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Crossan’s M & A Market Thank You

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The rehabilitation of the Crossan’s M & A Market is becoming a reality, thanks to the perseverance of volunteers in our community. This project showcases how a small group of determined individuals working together with outstanding and committed partners can indeed re-establish vitality in a small rural town by saving an iconic building. The Friends of Crossan’s have contributed over 8,000 collective volunteer hours in both the physical protection of the building and fundraising coordination. They have raised over $127,000 from generous individual donors.

This project is being paid for in part by State Historical Fund grants from History Colorado, and Colorado’s Department of Local Affairs, as well as generous donations from many other entities and community donors including: Colorado Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Routt County’s Museum and Heritage Fund, Gates Foundation, El Pomar Foundation, Boettcher Foundation, Yampa Valley Electric Association, Yampa Valley Community Foundation, the Laura Jane Musser Fund, Union Pacific Railroad, and the Steamboat Sotheby’s Community Fund.


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