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Taking history into his hands

Fourth generation rancher chosen to lead Historic Routt County

Todd Hagenbuch has been chosen as the new executive director for Historic Routt County. Hagenbuch is standing next to a barn that was built in the 1880s and sits on his family's Green Creek Ranch in the Pleasant Valley area. In 2004, the ranch was added to the Routt County Register of Historic Places.
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— A fourth generation Routt County rancher has been chosen to lead Historic Routt County into its next ten years.

Todd Hagenbuch, the new executive director, has intimate knowledge of historical preservation. His family’s Green Creek Ranch in the Pleasant Valley area just south of Steamboat, was added to the Routt County Register of Historic Places in 2004. He said he is looking forward to protecting and recognizing historical places in Routt County, such as his family’s ranch.

“The current board and Arianthe Stettner have grown a tremendous organization,” said Hagenbuch, 30. “It’s very exciting to be a part of the next 10 years.”

In December, Stettner an-

nounced she was retiring from Historic Routt County, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. She was a co-founder of the agency and became the organization’s first executive director in 2005. Stettner will continue to serve on the agency’s advisory board.

“As Arianthe has, I hope to continue to be on the forefront of being the voice of reason when it comes to the historic built environment in Routt County,” Hagenbuch said.

In addition to being involved in the operations at his family’s ranch, Hagenbuch serves as the vice president of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and is a Yampa Valley Land Trust board member. He will soon graduate from Regis University with a master’s degree in business.

“The Board of Directors at HRC is extremely excited about Todd’s experience, enthusiasm and deeply rooted connection to the community,” said HRC Board President Patrick Delaney. “With unprecedented growth, preservation has never been more important in our community. Few people understand this better than Todd Hagenbuch.”

Hagenbuch’s family ranch still has many of the original structures from the 1880s, including cabins, barns and water wheels used to produce some of Steamboat’s first electricity. An original saw blade that was part of a water-powered sawmill is stored in one of the old barns.

Hagenbuch said seeking historic designation through HRC was a no-brainer for him and his family.

“This is truly a historic spot,” Hagenbuch said. “So many things that took place here didn’t take place anywhere else in the county or even elsewhere in the state. It’s such a unique place.”

HRC has helped property owners get their buildings and historical properties on the Routt County, Colorado and National Historic Registries. HRC’s mission is “to preserve and promote the heritage and historical character of Routt County Communities and rural areas.”

“We look forward to Todd’s direction as we continue working with willing property owners to document and preserve the past,” Delaney said.

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