Restoration of Steamboat’s Yock Cabin funded for 2nd year |

Restoration of Steamboat’s Yock Cabin funded for 2nd year

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, contractor to continue work on building near Steamboat Ski Area

Matt Stensland

— The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted last week to accept a recommendation that as much as $15,500 in property taxes devoted to museums and historic preservation be used for the second phase of the restoration of the Yock Cabin in Steamboat Springs.

The recommendation was made by members of the Routt County Museum and Heritage Fund Advisory Board.

Meg Tully, executive director of Historic Routt County, said completion of the restoration of the homestead cabin just across Pine Grove Road from a shopping center would yield benefits in two ways.

“The grant will be used to pay the wages of four Routt County youngsters in the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps” who will participate in the restoration effort, Tully said. “I think it’s great this project can help get the kids interested in historic preservation.”

This is the second year Youth Corps members have been enlisted to work on the cabin. The partnership is an outgrowth of the historic preservation program at Colorado Mountain College.

The Youth Corps’ Mark Wertheimer will supervise the young workers, and Tully said Minglewood Timbers of Steamboat would serve as the general contractor. Historic Routt County still is pursuing outside funding to pay Minglewood, but work is scheduled to begin this week and continue into mid-July.

“I will discuss with Minglewood the possibility of holding a public workshop on historic chinking and daubing techniques” when the work is done on the cabin, Tully said.

The Yock Cabin was built around the turn of the 20th century, but its namesake did not actually build it.

When Lena Yock, the matriarch of the Yock family, bought 160 acres near Fish Creek in 1903, the cabin was already there.

It sits adjacent to the iconic More Barn but had fallen in on itself before last summer’s renovation efforts begin. This summer’s work will include installation of board and batten doors, securing opening with boards painted black, chinking the log walls and improving drainage on the site and seeding the surroundings. Lexan windowpanes will be installed in one or more windows.

— To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email

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