Women’s History Embodied in Our Historic Resources

The National Register of Historic Places and Colorado State Register of Historic Properties are tools that recognize National Women’s History Month, celebrated in March. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources. The Colorado State Register of Historic Properties is a listing of the state’s significant cultural resources worthy of preservation for the future education and enjoyment of Colorado’s residents and visitors. 

Cedar Mesa Community Club, 15637 Peach Road, Cedaredge, Delta County, listed in the State Register in 2016

Cedar Mesa Community Club
Cedar Mesa Community Club

The Cedar Mesa Community Club formed in 1908 as a way for the women of this relatively isolated agricultural community to meet and provide support to one another and their neighbors. Descendants and family members (mothers, daughters, sisters, etc.) have been club members as well. By 1949 the club had raised enough funds to build their own clubhouse on former orchard land donated by one of its members and her husband. The building was in large part constructed by the members’ husbands, and the members used scrap lumber to build furniture. The club has continuously held many social activities and community events at the single-room clubhouse ever since.

Hornbek House, County Road 1, Teller County, listed in the National Register in 1981

Hornbek House
Hornbek House

Adeline Hornbek was one of the early settlers of the region west of Pikes Peak, homesteading the property in 1878. She was head of her household, filed the first homestead application under the Homestead Act of 1862 in the Florissant area, and by 1885 Hornbek had established a substantial ranch in an area of subsistence farming. The house is one of the best surviving examples of domestic long architecture in the Rocky Mountain Region, with the house appearing to have been constructed in three stages, with its wings resulting in an irregular floor plan. The National Park Service has created a Teaching with Historic Places lesson plan around this property, titled “Adeline Hornbek and the Homestead Act: A Colorado Success Story.”

Adeline Hornbek
Adeline Hornbek