Find out about our current projects below. You can also learn about our Past Projects.
Pleasant Hill Bus Tragedy Intensive Survey
In 2012, Front Range identified historic resources associated with the 1931 Pleasant Hill Bus Tragedy, in which a school bus driver and five students died in a spring blizzard on Colorado's eastern plains. The incident drew national media attention. The current project consists of a selective, intensive of six resources associated with the tragedy located in Kiowa and Prowers counties. The project is funded by a CLG grant awarded to Kiowa County.
Winks Lodge National Historic Landmark Nomination
In the 1920s, Obrey Wendall "Winks" Hamlet of Denver erected a mountain lodge and other facilities in Gilpin County, Colorado, as a haven for African Americans seeking a venue for rest and recreation in the era of segregation. Historic Winks Lodge LLC chose Front Range to prepare a National Historic Landmark nomination for the lodge and the associated Honeymoon Cabin. The project also includes a number of oral history interviews with persons knowledgeable of the activities and operations of Winks Lodge. Marilyn Martorano of Martorano Consultants LLC is collaborating on the project. The National Park Service provided funding for the nomination.
Morse Park, Lakewood, Colorado, Survey Plan
The City of Lakewood, Colorado, selected Front Range to prepare a historic resources survey plan for the Morse Park neighborhood, a rectangular area in central Lakewood bounded by Wadsworth Boulevard, West Colfax Avenue, Kipling Street, and West 26th Avenue. The project is funded by an SHF grant to the City and will include development of a historic overview for the area, public meetings, and prioritizing subareas for future survey projects. The map above shows the neighborhood and its vicinity in 1899, as pictured on an extract of the W.C. Willits Farm Map of Denver.
Fairplay, Colorado, Intensive Survey
The selective, intensive survey of the mountain town of Fairplay in Park County, Colorado, continues with this project that includes twenty properties. Nearly all of the resources are residential in nature, but the survey does include the longtime Masonic Temple (shown here). The project is funded by a CLG grant awarded to Park County.
Rio Vista Bracero Reception Center NHL, Phase 1
Front Range is completing Phase 1 of a project to prepare a National Historic Landmark nomination for the Rio Vista Bracero Reception Center in Socorro, Texas. The center was operated by the US Department of Labor from 1951 to 1964 to house a program that brought Mexican farm laborers into the United States. The Rio Vista complex previously served as the El Paso County Poor Farm and in 1935-36 received nineteen adobe buildings built for the Texas Transient Bureau by the Works Projects Administration. Phase 1 includes fieldwork and photography at the site, historical research, and oral history interviews. Professor Yolanda Leyva of the University of Texas El Paso is assisting Front Range. The project is being undertaken for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which named Rio Vista a National Treasure in 2016.
Golden Scattered Intensive Survey
Front Range is conducting a scattered intensive survey of ten resources within Golden, Colorado, for the city's Community and Economic Development Department. History Colorado Architectural Inventory forms will be completed for each surveyed resource. Most of the properties to be surveyed are single-family dwellings, but the Astor House (now a museum) will also be documented.
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 the 1963 Klagetoh Chapter House in northeastern Arizona for its association with Annie Dodge Wauneka. 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 1979. 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.