Thank you for saving the Train Depot in Kremmling
The Grand County Historical Association Board of Directors wants to thank all of the people who worked to save the Train Depot in Kremmling. There were approx. 400 signatures on the petitions of interested citizens indicating they would like the depot saved. The petitions were circulated early spring as soon as the Union Pacific Railroad indicated a willingness to donate the building to the Grand County Historical Association (GCHA). At that time a very limited amount of time was allowed to make the move as the only way the Train Depot could be saved was to relocate the building.
The Union Pacific representatives came to Kremmling to meet with the GCHA. Over the summer many things had to fall in place. First, it was determined that there was barely enough space on the GCHA Heritage Park site in Kremmling for the 80’X24′ building. Next, money enough to pay the price of moving such a large building had to be raised. After the money was beginning to come together some of the existing buildings and displays in the yard of the Heritage Park site had to be rearranged. The pole barn had to be removed and will be reinstalled in two sections to protect the outside equipment. Then the fishing cabin had to be moved over next to the historic jail. When it was discovered there was asbestos roofing on the Train Depot and some of the old paint had lead inside and outside the Union Pacific worked out a plan to abate these at their cost and then the GCHA accepted the donation of the building.
Early September the papers were signed and the GCHA moved the building to the new location on September 15th, 2008. It is presently located on the Heritage Park Site. Following is a list of individuals, businesses and organizations that contributed to this project. If anyone is left off it was not intentional. If you were involved you have our THANKS.
The Union Pacific Railroad; The Board of Grand County Commissioners; the Grand Lake Area Historical Society; the Town of Kremmling; Mountain Parks Electric; Qwest; Comcast; GCHA Board members Larry Gross and Jan, Jim Yust and son Jay, Barbara Mitchell and George, Sue Pratt and Dennis and Pratt Construction, Yvonne Knox and Ike, Rocky Bishop, and Ida Sheriff and John; GCHA managing director Karen Wischnack and employees Becky, Nancy and Jim; Bailey House Movers and son Cody; Jhan Pedersen Construction; Paul MacDonald of Sky Crane LTD.; Tim Menhennett; Ryan Eastin; Leroy Johnston and Crew; Eva, J. Hoffman, Kat; Ian Wirtenteil; DMJ – Dennis and Mike Carpenter, Keith Jones; Kacey Beres; Katie Looby, Don Metzler, last, but not least the Grand County Newspaper.
Now that the building is placed in the new location there are still ways that all of the people can help restore the Depot to make it look like it did when it was built in 1906.
It will take a lot of money to put on a new roof and repair the damaged areas and paint the outside. The inside will also need a lot of cleaning, repair and paint to begin to be ready for exhibits. Over this next winter the GCHA would like to hear from you if you can give a few dollars and/ or a few hours of your time. This Historic building is the last known frame depot building using this floor plan ever built on the oldest Railroad Line across Grand County.
Thank you again everyone for all of your support.
President, Grand County Historical Assn
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