historic preservation

Montezuma County Assessor

The Cortez Main Street has seen some significant changes over the course of the town’s history. Businesses have come and gone, streets have been paved and repaved, and buildings have been built and rebuilt. But many of the buildings on Main Street are over 60 years old.

Colorado Preservation, Inc.

Just east of Cortez, near the Montezuma County Fairgrounds, an old wooden structure crosses McElmo creek.

City of Cortez

The Cortez City Council agreed Tuesday to nominate the old City Hall at 210 East Main Street for listing on the City Register of Historic Structures.

The History of the McElmo Creek Flume

May 9, 2016
Colorado Preservation, Inc.

The McElmo Creek Flume is a unique piece of irrigation infrastructure that illustrates how water delivery systems were critical in the early days of Cortez history. KSJD's Tom Yoder sat down with Linda Towle, chairwoman of the Cortez Historic Preservation Board, to talk about efforts being made to restore the McElmo Creek Flume and protect it as a historical resource.

Preserving Historic Buildings In Cortez

May 6, 2016
Tom Yoder

Historic preservation is a vital component of understanding the history of Cortez and how it came to be the city it is today. KSJD's Tom Yoder talked with Jill Seyfarth, a historical and archaeological consultant with Cultural Resource Planning in Durango, about her recent historic preservation work at several downtown Cortez buildings, including the historic buildings where the KSJD studios and Sunflower Theatre are located.

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