Todd Park Mohr returns to Friends of Crossans’ benefit |

Todd Park Mohr returns to Friends of Crossans’ benefit

After a decade of diligence, Friends of Crossans’ M&A Market in Yampa is looking forward to celebrating a couple of significant milestones this summer as the organization nears the finish line on the restoration of the historic commercial building of the same name.

During ceremonies in Denver on May 18, Crossans’ became the third-ever recipient of Colorado Preservation Inc.'s "Endangered Places Progress Award." And by July 4, the first staff member of Town of Yampa government will be working from an office on the main level of the refurbished  market.

But the other big news is that musician Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd and the Monsters fame (the band sold out Red Rocks June 10), continues to devote his musicianship and notoriety to the Crossans’ cause with his second solo acoustic benefit concert under tents outside The Antlers in the heart of Yampa — 28 miles south of Steamboat Springs — on July 29. Last year’s show sold out quickly.

Yampa is one of the gateways to the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, and the front of the main floor at Crossans’ will host a display of visitors information from the U.S. Forest Service, the Flat Tops Scenic Byway, Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Tourism, the Yampa Egeria Historic Society and the South Routt Economic Development Council this summer.

"We've also received more than $38,000 from an anonymous donor, which blew us all away," Crossans’ advocate Noreen Moore said June 12. 

The project still needs an additional $200,000 grant from the State Historical Fund to complete the restoration of the two-story building, which would allow town government to move its operations to the second floor permanently.

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Crossans’ began its legacy as a landmark retail business in Yampa in 2003 as the tiny town boomed with the anticipated arrival of the railroad.

“In 1902, there wasn’t much to Yampa,” Yampa historian Rita Herold told a Steamboat audience in 2012. “The church didn’t have its steeple on yet. But in 1903, 40 new buildings went up in one year.”

Sam and Ed Bell, who had a reputation for strong-arming union leaders on behalf of mine owners in Cripple Creek, built the general merchandise store in the town’s commercial district.

The Bell brothers sold the store in 1905 to Buck & Son, and just as fast as they built the first general merchandise store in Yampa, they attempted to take advantage of the new owners by building a new, larger store right next door, Herold said.

It was George Canant who finally brought some stability to the operation when he purchased the store in 1910. He dubbed the store Canant’s on the Corner and competed with the Bell brothers by touting his selection of fresh produce. He remained at the helm of the store until 1930.

Because it wasn’t entirely proper for young ladies and respectable gentlemen to hang out in the local saloon, Herold said, the general merchandise store became an important social hub.

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What: Fourth Annual Call of the Wild Auction for Friends of Crossans’ M&A Market featuring an acoustic concert by Todd Park Mohr (frontman for Big Head Todd and the Monsters).

When: Doors open 3:30 p.m., concert begins at 5 p.m., July 29, 2017

Where: The Antlers, Yampa Colorado

Tickets: $30, may be purchased at All That in Steamboat Springs at The Antlers in Yampa, or online at: