National and State Register

Steamboat Springs Downtown Historic District

Routt County

The Steamboat Springs Downtown Historic District, the center of the business district of the original town site established in 1884, is significant for its long association of providing the residents of Steamboat Springs and surrounding areas with goods and services for over 127 years.  The buildings and objects within the area centered around Lincoln Avenue (U.S. Highway 40) reflect the development of the community and its growth and transformation into Yampa Valley’s regional hub.

A view of the district from across the street with different kinds of buildings and mountains in the background.

Steamboat Springs Downtown Historic District (2012 photograph.)

The district comprises approximately six city blocks, which has a total of fifty-two resources, thirty-six of which are considered contributing.  Three buildings are individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Approximately forty percent of buildings within the district were constructed during the decade of the train’s arrival in anticipation of growth (1900-1909) or in the decade immediately following (1910-1920).