Preserve America Community:
Colorado (population 6,700), was first settled in 1874. Settlers
were drawn by more than 150 thermal mineral springs in the vicinity,
and by the early 1900s the town also become a center for winter
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Today the Tread of the Pioneers museum educates visitors and residents about the local history of Native American Utes, explorers, traders, prospectors, and pioneers, as well as the development of the ranching, mining and skiing industries.
This community museum receives approximately 20 percent of its
budget from the city through a line budget item, and an additional
50 percent of its funding from dedicated property tax revenue
within the city. The museum hosts educational programs throughout
the year, focused on school children as well as the public.
Steamboat Springs has been very active in preserving and restoring important historic buildings through public/private partnerships. An outstanding example is the restoration and adaptive reuse of the Carver Power Plant, an empty industrial building, as the focal point of the city's Centennial Hall, a new community facility in the heart of the historic downtown.
This project created needed community office and meeting space, provided space for a new café, and enabled the city to visibly promote historic preservation in the community. Partners included the city and county governments, non-profit organizations, the Colorado Historical Society, the Orton Family Foundation, and many citizen volunteers.
The Rock Creek Stage Stop, once listed on Colorado Preservation,
Inc.'s most-endangered places list, is another local asset that
has recently been saved through concerted action.
The city has collected survey information on approximately 256 buildings in the core commercial and residential area of historic Old Town, as well as many surrounding ranches and their historic structures. This data is integrated into the city's Geographic Information System database, enabling cost-effective information access for planning and educational purposes.
Each of the city's master planning documents includes a section
on historic preservation, illustrating the city's commitment to
preserving its cultural, historic, and architectural heritage
as a source of civic pride and an essential component of encouraging
tourism and economic development.
Updated April 13, 2009