Delta County has designated the Delta County segments of the Old Spanish Trail as a county historic landmark.
Delta County contains some of the only undisturbed yet recognizable tracks of the trail that exist in Colorado. They are located near the Mesa-Delta county line adjacent to Highway 50 on Bureau of Land Management land.
Leigh Ann Hunt, president of the Delta County Historic Landmarks Board and member of the Old Spanish Trail Association (OSTA), forwarded the request for designation to the county commissioners and submitted the application on behalf of the OSTA North Branch Chapter of Grand Junction. The application received enthusiastic support from the Friends of Fort Uncompahgre on the Old Spanish Trail, the replica of Roubideau's trading post located at the confluence of the Uncompahgre and Gunnison rivers in Delta.
As a local landmark, the site may allow for state grant funding for research and interpretation, but will not change or restrict the BLM's management options in the trail area, which is subject to federal historic preservation laws.
This is the fifth property to be listed by the Delta County Historic Landmarks Board formed in 2013. The others are the 1906 Paonia Bross Hotel, which celebrated its 110th anniversary May 28; the Paradise Theatre in Paonia, Rogers Mesa Modern Women's Club Hurst School, and the Escalante Canyon irrigation water wheel. Anyone interested in listing additional Delta County historical sites may contact Hunt at 970-835-5228.
Calling all volunteers! Fort Uncompahgre on the Old Spanish Trail has received six new tipis that will be used as outdoor classrooms in conjunction with the Nature Connection. John Hardy has volunteered to lead a group of folks who are willing to learn how to set up the tipis and pitch in where necessary.