Hayden granary placed on national historic register
Steamboat Springs — The Delaney family in Hayden is now the proud owner of two properties listed on the National Register of Historic places.
Patrick and Tammie Delaney got the news last week that their Hayden Co-Operative Elevator Company, today known as the Hayden Granary, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Kimsey Bolten Ranch, which they have lived on since 1994, was already on the register.
“It’s a proud moment that we achieved,” Patrick Delaney said. “It recognizes the history that is in the building.”
Soon after the Delaneys bought the granary seven years ago, they worked to get the property on the Routt County Register of Historic Places. For about the past five years, they have been working to get it on the national register.
“We have a strong attraction to the built environment in Routt County, and we believe strongly that it needs to be honored and preserved,” Delaney said.
As part of the application process, the Delaneys worked closely with the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver to research the property’s history.
The original wooden grain elevator, drive-through unloading area, scales house and sales office were built in 1917. It has undergone additions over the years.
The co-operative was originally established by 10 members.
The facility has not been used to process and store grain since 1988.
According to the application, the granary is a well-preserved example of a rural grain elevator in an ever-diminishing agricultural landscape.
Today, the granary serves as a social hub and houses the Wild Goose Coffee shop. Soon, a business named The Find will open behind the coffee shop. It will feature salvaged and improved furniture.
Since buying the granary, the Delaneys have hosted numerous community events there, including barn dances and meetings. They are again working with the Hayden Heritage Center to host the Hayden Holiday Stroll on Dec. 5.
“We want to keep it as a gathering place for Hayden,” Delaney said. “We would like to continue to improve it.”
Delaney said being on the national register does not put any restrictions on the property, but it opens the opportunity for some investment funding and tax benefits.
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