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Eagle County barn to be preserved

Vail Daily staff report
Eagle County, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado “-A piece of Eagle County history is getting a new life.

Bill Stephens, with the help of family, friends and neighbors, is relocating a Gypsum area barn, one log at a time. He is moving the structure from the Eagle County property on Cooley Mesa Road to his ranch in Sweetwater.

The barn once belonged to Fritz Borah, a relative of the famed Jake Borah, hunting guide to President Teddy Roosevelt. Although the age of the structure is not known, Stephens pulled a hoist dated 1901 out of the ceiling, leading him to believe it was built in the late 1800s or early 1900s.



The land surrounding the barn is used for 4-H programs. However, a few years ago, the barn was deemed unsafe, and 4-H’ers have not been able to use the structure.

“Although it is a very nice structure, it was useless and taking up a lot of room,” said Jenny Wood, 4-H extension agent.

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The county was looking into various option, including tearing down or burning the barn.

Stephens then stepped in to save the barn.

“I just think it is a neat structure. I didn’t want to see it burnt,” said Stephens.



The county is replacing the old barn with a new one for 4-H kids to raise pigs, goats and lambs.

“This is a super good deal for us,” said Wood.

Although Stephens does not know how he will use the barn, he plans to store it until he finds a good use.


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