The Westesen family suggests that this 1912 image appears to show that Carl Westesen brought out all of the equipment and teams of horses to show them off.  In the foreground is Carl, holding the hand of his 2-yr old son, Harold.


Centennial Farms & Ranches

Across the nation, family farms and ranches, historic barns and other agricultural sites are disappearing at an alarming rate. In Colorado, the family farm and working cattle ranch serve as a reminder of how the West was settled.

The contributions of Colorado's ranching and farming families have withstood the pressures of growth, changes in farming methods, drought, and economic conditions to preserve these important pieces of our state's commercial and cultural history.

  • Farms or ranches must have remained in the same family continuously for 100 years or more.
  • Property must be a working farm or ranch.
  • Property must have a minimum of 160 acres -- however, properties with fewer than 160 acres can qualify if they gross at least $1,000 in annual sales.
  • Properties that have four or more well-maintained buildings/structures -- which are at least 50 years old -- may be eligible for a Historic Structures Award.

Above: 1912 image of the Westesen Farm and Ranch near Olathe. Photo courtesy of the Westesen Farm & Ranch.

Erica Duvic

Preservation Planner, Centennial Farms & Ranches Coordinator