The Landmarks Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board unanimously voted to forward two National Historic Landmark nominations prepared by Front Range to the Advisory Board.
Wink's Panorama, northwest of Denver, Colorado, served as a summer resort for African Americans during the era of segregation. It was built and operated by Obrey Wendell "Wink" Hamlet, an African American coal, wood, and moving entrepreneur in Denver's Five Points neighborhood. The lodge operated from May through September and drew guests from the Midwest and South. Wink's Panorama was listed in The Green Book and Ebony's guide to mountian summer resorts.
The committee also approved the nomination for the Rio Vista Bracero Reception Center in Socorro, Texas (thirteen miles southeast of El Paso on the US-Mexico border). The 11.1-acre facility initially served as the El Paso County Poor Farm starting in 1916. In 1951 the US Labor Department selected it as the site of a processing and contracting center for the Mexican Farm Labor Program, between 1951 and 1964. The bracero program was the largest alien worker programs ever undertaken by the US, comprising more than four million contracts for Mexican farmworkers, who worked in forty-six states and comprised nearly a fourth of all US agricultural workers by 1959.
The Holdsworth House/Aspenholme/Pines Lodge, northwest of Westcliffe in Custer County, Colorado, was listed in the National Register on October 15. Built in 1898, the building is significant for its architecture as an intact example of a Shingle-style residence in a mountain resort setting. The building is further significant in the area of Ethnic Heritage/European for its association with British members of the “English Colony” near Westcliffe, Custer County, Colorado, who brought British cultural traditions to the area beginning in the 1870s and extending into the first decades of the twentieth century. It is also significant in the area of Entertainment/Recreation as the centerpiece of a summer resort operated by the Cusack family from 1911 to 1941.
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