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Historic Preservation Commission completes new booklet

John StroudPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Historic Preservation Commission has completed a two-year project to publish a booklet about the city’s historically significant places.The booklets list 24 properties and other landmarks in and around Glenwood Springs, including information about each property or place and a map so that people can check them out.”It’s something we’ve been working on for a couple of years, and we decided to go ahead and finish it,” said Gretchen Ricehill, a member of the city planning staff who works with the specially appointed Historic Preservation Commission.A limited first run of the booklets are available at select locations around town for people to use and return as they wish. Copies are available at the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association Visitor’s Center downtown, as well as the local bookstores, the Hotel Colorado, the Hot Springs Pool gift shop and the train station.Several landmarks that are officially listed by the city, such as the Taylor House, the train station, the Hot Springs Bathhouse, the old hydroelectric plant and numerous downtown commercial buildings, are mentioned in the booklet.Also included are Hanging Lake and the Spouting Rock Waterfall in Glenwood Canyon. That area was officially listed as a National Natural Landmark in 2011.Several historically significant properties located outside the city are mentioned as well, including the Earnest Ranch (Four Mile Bed & Breakfast), the South Canyon Bridge, and the Coal Camp Mining Site up South Canyon.The booklet even lists the Grand Avenue Bridge and Glenwood Springs Viaduct as historically significant structures. The bridge is now being proposed for replacement by the Colorado Department of Transportation. “Glenwood Springs has a rich and colorful history,” reads an introduction to the booklet. “For hundreds of years, the Ute Indians fought over and protected this sacred spot at the confluence of the Rio Grande de Buena Esperanza (Colorado) and Bunkara (Roaring Fork) rivers.”The entry goes on to talk about the natural hot springs and vapor caves and other geologic features that attracted explorers and white settlers to the area.In the early 20th Century, the Hotel Colorado became known as the “Little White House of the United States,” when President Theodore Roosevelt visited.”We worked closely with the Frontier Historical Museum to make sure our historical facts were correct,” Ricehill said.The booklet can serve to complement the Historical Museum’s walking tour pamphlet, which is popular with summertime tourists, she said. It will also be updated from time to time as new properties are approved for landmark designation.jstroud@postindependent.com

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