Community Agriculture Alliance: Cross over to the wild side

Community Agriculture Alliance: Cross over to the wild side

Community Agriculture Alliance

Summer is finally here in Routt County, and it’s time to get a little wild and crazy. What’s wild and crazy about historic preservation, you ask? Well, head on down to Yampa on July 30, and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

For the past few years, Historic Routt County has partnered with the Friends of Crossan’s and the town of Yampa to rehabilitate the Crossan’s M & A Market. Friends of Crossan’s is a volunteer community advisory committee created in 2011 by the town of Yampa to rehabilitate the 108‐year old Main Street Mercantile.

The town of Yampa purchased the building in 2006, with a vision for multifaceted uses that will complement current efforts of the town to develop its historic resources as part of a larger economic development strategy. Uses for Crossan’s include a new home for the Town Hall, the Yampa‐Egeria Historical Society, the South Routt Economic Development Council and a visitors’ center for the region. The project represents a community-wide effort to preserve and promote the legacy and future of Yampa and Egeria Park’s people, places and events.

Thanks to funding from numerous partners — including the Department of Local Affairs, Colorado State Historical Fund, the Museum and Heritage Fund Advisory Board of the Routt County Commissioners and the Yampa Valley Community Foundation — the building has a new foundation and a complete set of construction documents to guide the remaining phases of construction.

Phase Three of construction has begun, which will result in reconstruction of the exterior of the building and the interior first floor. Funds are still being raised for the final phase of the project, which will finish construction of the interior first floor.

That’s where the Third annual Call of the Wild Auction comes in. The Friends of Crossan’s have lined up an all-star evening featuring an outdoor acoustic concert with Todd Park Mohr — of Big Head Todd and the Monsters — who is graciously lending his time and talent to this effort. Tickets are $20 each and are limited, so purchase yours today at All That, the Antler’s Café & Bar in Yampa or online at

The event will take place at the Antler’s Café & Bar July 30. Doors open at 3:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 5 p.m.

In conjunction with the concert will be the famous Call of the Wild Live and Silent Auctions. Featured items include a signed guitar, donated by Mohr, and an original 10 x 20” oil on board painting of Crossan’s Market by artist Gregory Block valued at $3,000.

There also will be an outhouse/shed built from recycled wood from the Crossan’s Market and many more cool items. All proceeds benefit the rehabilitation of the historic Crossan’s M & A Market.

So “Cross-an” over to the wild side — we’ll see you in Yampa on July 30.

Meg Tully is a certified association executive and executive director of Historic Routt County.

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