Historic Preservation Program

Red Mountain Project 1998-2004

OCS is in its SIXTH year of working with the Ouray and San Juan County Commissioners, Historical Societies, and the San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forests to preserve historic mining and railroad sites within the historic Red Mountain Mining District, as well and the natural and scenic wonders found there. 

The office prepared a historic preservation and interpretive plan for the district, and assisted the historical societies with fund raising to stabilize 6 of the 13 most threatened sites. OCS secured $46,000 in funding to continue planning work within the district, which will include an in-depth cultural resource inventory and preparation of additional stabilization plans for the remaining urgent sites. 

OCS continues to work with the Red Mountain Task Force, who with assistance from The Trust for Public Land, is working on the acquisition from willing sellers of 10,500 acres of historic landscapes in the Red Mountain area. To-date nearly $4.5 million has been raised and 3,500 acres acquired and protected.

For the latest  information about progress towards preserving Red Mountain's historic and natural resources, please visit the Red Mountain Project Web site.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has a page devoted to Red Mountain, as well. Please visit it to learn more about the movement to preserved endangered historic places. 







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