|Colorado Preservation group researching rural historic resources in Phillips County|
|Written by Chris Lee|
Phillips County has been invaded by a duo of surveyors looking at barns, farmsteads and any rural building or property in the area.
Abbey Christman and Michelle Chichester of Colorado Preservation Inc., began traveling around rural Phillips County Tuesday, May 11 looking at different buildings, taking photographs and documenting locations.
Colorado Preservation Inc. is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and advancing historic preservation in the State of Colorado.
A reconnaissance-level survey of all historic structures in unincorporated Phillips County has kicked off the project. Christman said in their first day they came across nearly 40 buildings and properties they were interested in.
The duo will be in Phillips County different weeks throughout the summer gathering information.
Christman and Chichester will drive all public roads in the county, inventorying and photographing all resources more than 50 years old that are visible from the public right-of-way.
Next, Colorado Preservation will work with property owners to select 20 of the most significant resources for intensive-level survey. This will include researching the history of the property and completing a detailed evaluation form with an architectural description, site plan and determination of whether the property would be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
Towards the end of the project, which should be sometime this fall, a report will be presented to the museum and historical society detailing the different historic structures and properties.
The project is being funded through grant money from the Colorado Historical Society’s State Historical Fund.
Christman and Chichester will focus primarily on Phillips County this summer as they are in the final stages of finishing up a similar project in Baca County.
The goal for Colorado Preservation is to document the county’s rural resources and their role in the agricultural development of Phillips County.
A survey report will summarize the survey results, place surveyed resources into historic contexts, present recommendations for future preservation work in the county (including National Register nominations and heritage tourism), and provide an overview of preservation tools available. Colorado Preservation will also share survey results through the production of a brochure highlighting Phillips County’s rural historic resources and a website.
Christman said the survey report and brochure will be placed at welcome centers and hotels as well as the Heginbotham Library and Phillips County Museum.
Information that would really help the project would come from residents whose family were homesteaders in Phillips County.