The first right after Goa Way: Exploring a stage station on the Overland Trail

The Overland Stage Station in Virginia Dale as it looks today. (Photo by Brian Cooke.)

by Brian Cooke, History Colorado blogger

On a lonely stretch of highway about 100 miles north of Denver, there’s a sign for a town where no town exists: Virginia Dale, Colorado. There’s a boarded-up post office, a tiny community church, and a Colorado historical site marker that may or may not catch your eye as you drive by on US Highway 287 at seventy-five miles an hour. Continue reading “The first right after Goa Way: Exploring a stage station on the Overland Trail”

National Great Outdoors Month

East Longs Peak Trail, Estes Park vicinity, Boulder/Larimer Counties, listed in the National Register in 2007.

What better way to celebrate National Great Outdoors Month than to explore some of Rocky Mountain National Park’s National Register-listed trails? Many of the Park’s buildings, resources, and trails are historic.

The trail to the Longs Peak summit embodies National Park Service naturalistic design from the 1920s. Active use of the trail begin in 1873, when lodge owners began to maintain it as a tourist attraction. Enos Mills acted as a guide to the summit between 1900 and 1906, honing his skills as a lead spokesman in the effort to create Rocky Mountain National Park, established in 1915.

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Recognizing a historic Colorado farm during National Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

National Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

The National Register of Historic Places and Colorado State Register of Historic Properties are tools that recognize National Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, celebrated in May. 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 archaeological 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. Properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places are automatically placed in the Colorado State Register. They may also be nominated separately to the Colorado State Register without inclusion in the National Register. Continue reading “Recognizing a historic Colorado farm during National Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month”

National Hispanic Heritage Month – Schools

The National Register of Historic Places and Colorado State Register of Historic Properties is one tool that recognizes National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated from mid-September to mid-October. 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.

Garcia School (Costilla County)

Garcia School (Costilla County)
Garcia School (Costilla County)

Listed in the Colorado State Register in 2015, the Garcia School is one of only a few adobe buildings remaining in what was once Plaza de los Manzanares, an unincorporated settlement in the San Luis Valley dating to 1849. An exact construction date for the school is not known, but it is believed to date to ca. 1913, when the property was sold to Costilla County School District Number Two under the express condition that it be used for a public school.  The school closed its doors in 1963, but later served as a community library and Head Start program.  The school is a rare example of a Territorial Adobe rural school which maintains its architectural integrity. The school falls under the historic context of the Rural School Buildings in Colorado Multiple Property Documentation Form. Continue reading “National Hispanic Heritage Month – Schools”

Back to School: Historic Colorado Schools Listed in the National & State Register of Historic Properties

7.Pres50-3Images-AllIt’s that time of year when first-day-of-school posts are everywhere and fall is in the air. Halloween books are already on display at the library. In celebration of the start of school, it’s also time to celebrate Colorado’s many beautiful, historic schools listed in the National Register of Historic Places and State Register of Historic Properties. Continue reading “Back to School: Historic Colorado Schools Listed in the National & State Register of Historic Properties”