Orchard, streetcar among Colorado's most endangered places

KUSA - Colorado Preservation Inc. added for sites to Colorado's 2015 Most Endangered Places list.

For the past 18 years, Colorado's Most Endangered Places Program, has provided assistance and advocacy for significant historic sites throughout the state that are in danger of being lost. Through the efforts of the program, the group has been able to affect hundreds of individuals, communities, and important sites throughout the state.

This year, more than 30 historic sites were nominated for inclusion on the list. Four were selected.

Denver Tramway Company Streetcar No. 4

The Denver Tramway Company Streetcar No. 4 is located in Arvada. It was constructed in 1911 and is documented as the last streetcar to operate before the system was formally retired in 1950. It was built by the Denver based Woeber Carriage Company, and is a rare example of a converted narrow gauge streetcar. It ran from downtown Denver to Lakeside Amusement Park, Perkeley Park, Arvada, Golden, and beyond between 1924-1950.

Ute Ulay Mill and Townsite

The Ute Ulay Mill and Townsite is located in Lake City, Hinsdale County. The Ute and Ulay mines were at one time some of Colorado's best known silver and lead producers. The mines were largely responsible for the formation of Lake City and today survive along the Alpine Loop Backcountry Scenic and Historic Byway.

Gold Medal Orchard in Montezuma County

The Gold Medal Orchard in Montezuma County was one of the earliest planted orchards for commercial purposes in the county. This orchard brought national attention to Colorado when it won four gold medals at the Louisiana Purchase Centennial Exposition in St. Louis Missouri in 1904 with an apple that was the largest apple ever grown in the United States. It was 17 inches in diameter and weighed more than 30 ounces.

The property stopped working as an orchard in the 1970s but it includes a few surviving historic fruit trees and one historic farm building that may date to 1920. The owners are trying to graft these varieties on to new trees to re-grow these historic varieties.

Reiling Gold Dredge in Breckenridge

The very first site ever to be named to Colorado's Most Endangered Places list in Summit County is the Reiling Gold Dredge in Breckenridge. It was constructed in 1908 and is considered to be the most intact dredge site in the country. It is one of nine gold dredge boats that worked in the Breckenridge area in the early 20th century. The Reiling Gold Dredge and its sister dredge (the Reliance), produced an estimated $7 million in gold from French Gulch. Today the dredge remains where it sank in the pond in 1922 and plans are underway to try to save it.

Colorado Preservation, Inc. raises funds and rallies citizens to help save the sites. So far 106 sites throughout the state have been featured on Colorado's Most Endangered Places Program. Three dozen sites have been saved, six have been lost.

For more information visit http://coloradopreservation.org/programs/endangered-places/

(KUSA-TV © 2015 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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