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Home News Laura Bush Announces Preserve America Grants Budget Preserve America Community: Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Preserve America Community:
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Steamboat Springs, Colorado (population 6,700), was first settled in 1874. Settlers were drawn by more than 150 thermal mineral springs in the vicinity, and by the early 1900s the town also become a center for winter sports.
Today the Tread of the Pioneers museum educates visitors and residents about the local history of Native American Utes, explorers, traders, prospectors, and pioneers, as well as the development of the ranching, mining and skiing industries.
This community museum receives approximately 20 percent of its budget
from the city through a line budget item, and an additional 50 percent
of its funding from dedicated property tax revenue within the city. The
museum hosts educational programs throughout the year, focused on school
children as well as the public.
This project created needed community office and meeting space, provided space for a new café, and enabled the city to visibly promote historic preservation in the community. Partners included the city and county governments, non-profit organizations, the Colorado Historical Society, the Orton Family Foundation, and many citizen volunteers.
The Rock Creek Stage Stop, once listed on Colorado Preservation, Inc.'s
most-endangered places list, is another local asset that has recently
been saved through concerted action.
Each of the city's master planning documents includes a section on historic preservation, illustrating the city's commitment to preserving its cultural, historic, and architectural heritage as a source of civic pride and an essential component of encouraging tourism and economic development.
An independent Federal
agency, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) promotes
historic preservation nationally by providing a forum for influencing
Federal activities, programs, and policies that impact historic properties,
advising the President and Congress, advocating preservation policy, improving
Federal preservation programs, protecting historic properties, and educating
stakeholders and the public. For more information, visit the ACHP's Web
site at www.achp.gov, or contact Bruce Milhans at 202-606-8513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.