Find out about our current projects below. You can also learn about our Past Projects.
Peacekeeper MAF Quebec-1, NHL Letter of Inquiry
The National Park Service and the Wyoming SHPO have engaged Front Range to produce a National Historic Landmark Letter of Inquiry (LOI) for the former Quebec-1 Missile Alert Facility (MAF) north of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Constructed as a Minuteman missile control facility in the 1960s, the underground bunker became part of the MX/Peacekeeper ICBM program in 1986. The Peacekeeper played an important role in the later years of the Cold War as part of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. It was decommissioned in 2005. The LOI will explore the significance of the site and discuss criteria under which it might qualify as a National Historic Landmark. The underground launch control center is shown above (Source: Historic Structure Report).
San Luis Valley National Register Nominations
History Colorado has contracted with Front Range to produce four National Register of Historic Places nominations for resources in the San Luis Valley of south central Colorado. The project includes three properties in Conejos County: Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Conejos; St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Capulin; and the Garcia/Garland Ranch south of Manassa. One property in Costilla County will be nominated: Concilio No. 31, Sociedad Protección Mutua de Trabajadores Unidos (SPMDTU) in Chama. All of the resources are significant for their association with Latino history. The project is funded by an Underepresented Communities grant from the National Park Service.
Chaffee County, Colorado, National and State Register Nominations and Intensive Survey
The Greater Arkansas Nature Association (GARNA) has engaged Front Range to produce two National Register nominations (Gas Creek School along US 285, shown above, and a miner's cabin in Garfield) and one State Register nomination (Turret Post Office) and to conduct intensive surveys of three historic ranches. Marilyn Martorano of Martorano Consultants LLC, Longmont, will provide archaeological support for the ranch and school surveys. The project is funded by a State Historical Fund grant.
Colorado Fuel & Iron Administration Complex
National Historic Landmark Nomination
Front Range is preparing a National Historic Landmark nomination for the multi-building administrative complex of the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company in Pueblo. The 1881 CF&I plant was the earliest steel plant west of the Mississippi and the only integrated steelworks in the West until World War II. The Steelworks Center for the West is funding the project.
Annie Dodge Wauneka, National Historic Landmark Nomination, Apache County, Arizona
The National Collaborative for Women's History Sites has selected Front Range to prepare a National Historic Landmark nomination for a resource associated with Annie Dodge Wauneka in northeastern Arizona. The selected property will be significant under NHL Criterion 2 as a property “associated importantly with the lives of persons nationally significant in the history of the United States.” The document will focus on Annie Dodge Wauneka’s (1910-97) leadership as a member of the Navajo Tribal Council in fighting tuberculosis on the Navajo reservation during the 1950s and 1960s and her continuing service on the council through 1976. She bridged the cultural divide between traditional Navajo and Western medical practices, and the nomination will explore her leadership efforts both as a woman and a Native American against the backdrop of the era. Her status as the daughter of an important Navajo chief (Henry Chee Dodge) provides an additional layer of context to examine.