Every day, sometimes multiple times a day, I drive down the historic 4 Bar 4 road (known now as County Road 5), and pass by my favorite scene just outside my Stagecoach Meadows neighborhood. The old Hay Barn and the 4 Bar 4 Ranch barns which originally served as the stagecoach stop and even a Ford car dealership! Can you even imagine? This past summer, my dad (a Grand County second home owner), other volunteers from near and far and a team from HistoriCorps in Denver completed the rehabilitation of the Hay Barn. It was deteriorating immensely and was in risk of total collapse. About a month ago, we hosted part of our 10 year old son's birthday party on a picnic table under the roof of the barn so the kids could enjoy the meadow, fish in the pond and enjoy a piece of history. Everyday, and the closer we get to hopefully another epic snowfall season, I worry about the state of the stagecoach barns. Those roofs don't look so stable anymore. It's likely that once a week I see a car pulled over on the side of the 4 Bar 4, snapping a picture or two of these iconic structures in the Fraser Valley. Last fall, we took our annual family photo with the barns as a backdrop. I have one from that photo shoot of my three kiddos in front of the Hay Barn and The Divide in the background, blown up on a canvas hanging in our house. It's gorgeous, if I do say so myself! These two buildings which were built in 1895, are now listed on the Colorado Preservation, Inc. list of endangered places. I encourage you to take a drive down the 4 Bar 4 next time you are in the Winter Park/Fraser Valley. You will love it and I'll likely wave to you as I drive by while you are taking a picture! Check out the Preservation's website for information on the stagecoach stops or click here to see the work from HistoriCorp...maybe you'll even be inclined to volunteer next time and be a part of history.
Author:Lisa Leclair Waldorf Phone: 970-531-1608 Dated: October 13th 2014 Views: 2,182 About Lisa: Realtor Since: 1999
Community: Past president Grand County Board of Realtors (GCBOR); head fund-r...
View our latest blog posts in your RSS reader. Click here to access.
Real Estate of Winter Park emphasizes teamwork, customer service and a strong marketing campaign. By working together we help each other and our clients to create the best real estate experience for everyone!
Purchasing an investment property in Grand County, Colorado is a decis
"We love Margaret. She always has your best interest in mind. Wonderful person. We travel to Fraser often and even though we no longer have property there we hope to see Margaret next time we are there."