Kremmling Train Depot on track to be saved
August 12, 2008
Money is being raised to move the Kremmling Train Depot in an effort to save it for its historical value.So far, enough money has been pledged only to move the building: Union Pacific Railroad, $15,000; Grand County commissioners, $10,000; and Grand County Historical Association, $5,000.More than 400 people signed a petition in favor of keeping the structure and raised more than $1,000, said Karen Wischnack, Grand County Historical Association executive director.However, the association says considerably more money is needed to restore the building and to move other buildings and utilities to make room for the depot at its future site. The association still doesnt have possession of the depot, said Yvonne Knox, association president. We have not accepted the building yet, she said. Progress is being made toward saving the train depot and moving it to the historical site We do not have the money in hand we dont have anything in writing.We have a proposal from a house-moving company and it hasnt been officially accepted yet, but it is in progress Everything is moving along. Were still very hopeful of being able to save the train depot.In addition, she said the railroad has been very cooperative.”The railroad recently removed asbestos roof shingles from the building, but the association will have to install an ice shield roof before new shingles are relayed. Lead in the buildings paint will also be removed, and the building will need another coat of paint.Any support the community wants to give were still willing to accept, Knox said. Were still crossing our fingers.Kremmling Town Manager Ted Soltis said that while the town is short of funds, its fortunate when residents come together to make things happen.What makes a community successful is a variety of people working together, he said. This is the real community. I think this is an asset we have over some of the resort communities.Soltis helped coordinate and negotiate deals, while brainstorming ways to save the depot.Whatever assistance they (the association) need, were going to provide, he said. History is a very important part of our community This is really exciting. The association also hopes to attain grant money, he added.Grand County Commissioner Gary Bumgarner supports saving the depot.Its always good to preserve history so the next generation can see a little bit of it, he said. Plus, he added, some railroad and history buffs will plan their vacation around visiting the site.Its one more reason to stop by Kremmling, Bumgarner said.The railroad arrived in Kremmling and the depot was built in 1906 at the corner of Park Avenue and Fourth Street. This is the last remaining frame DNW&P (Denver Northwestern and Pacific Railway) depot of this floor plan. Its the last of its kind, Wischnack said. We are going to move it to the Heritage Park Complex, and we will call it the Heritage Park Educational Center.The cost to simply move the Depot is about $30,000. Theres a lot more behind the scenes costs, which $30,000 is just the beginning, Wischnack added. Our jail and fishing cabin have to be moved in order to make room for the Depot. Its quite extensive work that needs to be done that we would really like to see happen. Workers will also have to relocate the electrical lines, phone lines and fencing.The Union Pacific Railroad was going to demolish the depot because its an eyesore the way it is, Wischnack said. However, she said the depot is actually in pretty good shape.She said Grand County Historical Association members and petitioners in and out of state donated money to save the depot. This building has a lot of historic value, Wischnack said, but it is a building that requires a lot of money to be taken care of. I want to save it because we need to save it. On the other hand, I think how can we afford it unless people step up to the plate?Old buildings require maintenance, which requires money. We need people and money to make the Grand County Historical Society successful in restoring Grand County history. Katie Looby can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.