Ranching history being preserved by CU students

7:52 PM, Apr 24, 2013   |    comments
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BOULDER - Every day thousands of people drive past history at 65 miles per hour on U.S. 36. A group of students at the University of Colorado at Denver are working to ensure that history is not lost.

"There is a ton of history here and it is something that is bypassed," says Sarah Rosenberg, a student in the College of Architecture and Planning's Center of Preservation Research.

The students are documenting the Cherryvale Ranch area, which straddles U.S. 36 east of Boulder. The students are photographing, mapping and documenting the landscape and structures of the ranches, including a barn built in 1870. The documentation will be submitted this fall toe National Park Service's National Registry of Historic Places. The hope is the property will be recognized nationally for its historical significance.

"It is part of preserving that heritage. It is something that we can learn about today, but if it is lost, people in the future won't have an idea about that agricultural history and heritage," Abigail Christman, survey coordinator, said.

Leo Hogan knows the history and heritage of this land better than most. His family has farmed and ranched on the land for four generations. He welcomes the efforts by the students to preserve the ranch for future generations.

"Oh, it is the greatest thing in the world, this would be full of houses if it wasn't preserved," Hogan said.

The property is currently protected and being preserved by the City of Boulder. The designation the students are seeking would be would be federal.

"This area around here has been used for agricultural purposes for well over 100 years," said Julie Johnson, the Cultural Resources Program Coordinator for the City of Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks.

Johnson says what is being preserved is a living history.

"When you talk to people and you show them the land and you show them the barn and you show them the cows and horses that is the real thing," Johnson said. "It is a nice connection to the land and to the history that you just are not going to get out of a history book."

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