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Colo. gamblers put big bucks in historical preservation projects

Author: Joey Bunch - June 15, 2018 - Updated: June 15, 2018

Mancos Opera HouseThe Mancos Opera House is receiving $32,409 in aid from the State Historical Fund. (Photo by Ian Poellet courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Gamblers indirectly invested $418,987 in 17 projects deemed historic preservation, according to History Colorado.

When voters statewide approved gambling in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek in 1990, they designated a portion of the tax haul for the State Historical Fund to fund “projects that tell the story of Colorado’s history and generate meaningful economic activity, especially in rural communities,” History Colorado said in announcing a list of grants of less than $35,000 Thursday.

Grants of more than $35,000 will be announced on Aug. 1.

The latest grants were awarded to:

  • Alma: Construction documents and stabilization of the North London Mine Field Office, $35,000
  • Antonito: Passenger car truck casings for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad San Juan Extension Coaches 292 and 256 and Pay Car F, $35,000
  • Cañon City: Masonry restoration for the First Methodist Church, $12,511
  • Carbondale: Construction documents for the Pleasant View Ranch House, $27,255
  • Colorado Springs: Cultural resource survey (Phase II) at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, $34,954
  • Cripple Creek: Exterior restoration of the Cripple Creek District Museum, $19,165
  • Denver: Porch restoration of the Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, $28,398
  • Denver: National Register of Historic Places nomination for the Harry C. James Residence, $2,250
  • Denver: Masonry restoration of the site wall at the Sherman Elementary School, $35,000
  • Erie: Roof replacement for the Erie Methodist Episcopal Church: $13,163
  • Estes Park: Preservation and interpretation of the Birch Cabin-Willows Property, $24,675.
  • Florence: Acquisition of Arrow Tire Sales building, $33,750
  • Glenwood Springs: Architectural survey for the Glenwood Springs Downtown Commercial District, $25,000
  • Kiowa County: Intensive survey of the Pleasant Hill School Bus Tragedy Monument and other sites, $10,457
  • Lakewood: Survey plan for the Morse Neighborhood, $15,000
  • Mancos: Roof and gutter rehabilitation of the Mancos Opera House (Checkerboard Hall), $32,409
  • Silverton: Construction documents for the Carnegie Library, $35,000

The next deadline for nonprofit and public organizations to apply for grants is Oct. 1. Requests can be as small as a few hundred dollars up to $20o,000.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.