Administering the National Forests of Colorado: an Assessment of the Architectural and Cultural Significance of Historic Administrative Properties

Author(s): Ralph Hartley; James Schneck

Year: 1996


Colorado currently has eleven National Forests and two National Grasslands. A total of 128 sites were visited in these Forests and Grasslands during the summers of 1993 and 1994. Most of these buildings were constructed by personnel from or associated with the Forest Service. A few were acquired by the Service prior to 1950 for administrative use, and a few have no historical association with administrative activities in the Forests but are owned and maintained by the Service. This report summarizes the results of the building and site inventory undertaken by the National Park Service, and offers preliminary recommendations of eligibility within the context of the administration and architecture of the United States Forest Service.

This report is organized in such a way that it can be read as a complete document or used as a reference to obtain information about properties in a given Forest or at a specified site. The following section explains the procedures used to conduct the inventory and research and also makes explicit the methods used to establish recommendations regarding the architectural, cultural, and historical significance of these sites. An overview of the history of the Forest Service in Colorado is then provided to establish a context for the construction and activities that took place at these sites and to offer some quotable experiences of those who lived and worked at some of these sites. The third section of the report documents the history and development of the architecture of the Forest Service in Colorado. A discussion of the development of the function, style, and method of construction that defines these administrative sites and buildings is included. Lastly, a summarized catalogue of all evaluated sites is presented by Forest with emphasis on recommendations for eligibility status to the National Register of Historic Places. Detailed documentation of these sites and buildings with text specific to their history of construction can be found in the set of Colorado Cultural Resource Survey and Historic Building Inventory Record forms that accompany this report. Included in the tables in this section of the report are administrative sites previously determined eligible that were not visited as part of this project. These sites are included to make the document a more complete resource for facility and cultural resource managers.

Finally, three appendices provide detailed information not included in the body of the report. Appendix A outlines the chronological development of the current Forests in Colorado; Appendix B consists of an explanation of the attributes and variables by which each site was assessed; and Appendix C is a comprehensive list of historical building plans known to have been used in the Rocky Mountain Region of the Service. Many of these remain on file at the Rocky Mountain Regional office in Denver.

Since this report will be available to persons not familiar with Forest Service history and the Forests of Colorado, attempts have been made to explain the historical context in which these sites and buildings were evaluated while at the same time make it a report useful to a wide range of current and future managers.

Cite this Record

Administering the National Forests of Colorado: an Assessment of the Architectural and Cultural Significance of Historic Administrative Properties. Ralph Hartley, James Schneck. 1996 ( tDAR id: 42270) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8KS6TNX



Site Name
5AA1755 5AA1756 5AA1855 5AA1856 5AA1857 5AA1858 5AA1859 5BA549 5CC653 5CC698 5CF170 5CF827 5CF828 5CF829 5CN794 5CN795 5CN796 5CR249 5DL1719 5DL1790 5DL1792 5DL1793 5DT99 5EA1092 5EA795 Show More

Site Type
Domestic Structure or Architectural Complex Governmental Structure Guard Station Historic Governmental Structure Historic Structure Lookout Tower Military Structure Non-Domestic Structures Structure

Spatial Coverage

min long: -109.067; min lat: 36.992 ; max long: -102.041; max lat: 41.003 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Anne Vawser

Contributor(s): Colorado State Historical Society; Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region; Terri Liestman; Dave Faulk; Dave Gillio; Kent Schneider; Ken Duce; Dr. M. Chester Nolte; Harry Dallas; Don Simonton; Ralph Hartley; James Schneck

Prepared By(s): Midwest Archeological Center, National Park Service, Lincoln

Submitted To(s): U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region

Record Identifiers

Interagency Agreement No. (s): 1102-0002-93-023

NADB document id number(s): 5308108

NADB citation id number(s): 000000176128


General Note: This resource originated from a citation record migrated into tDAR from the National Archaeological Database Reports Module (NADB-R). NADB identification numbers are included in the Document Identifiers section of this resource.

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