2016 Hall of Fame and Awards Event Report

Joe Tempel was honored Oct 20 for his many contributions to Jefferson County's cultural and historical preservation.

Joe Tempel was honored Oct 20 for his many contributions to Jefferson County’s cultural and historical preservation.

On October 20th, Joe Tempel joined the ranks of the Jeffco Historical Commission Hall of Fame at the 38th Annual Hall of Fame and Historic Preservation awards event. The award honors individuals significant to county history or the preservation of county history.

2016 Hall of Fame honoree Joe Tempel, with Dr. Martin Lockley, UC Denver emeritus professor and dinosaur track researcher.

2016 Hall of Fame honoree Joe Tempel, with Dr. Martin Lockley, UC Denver emeritus professor and dinosaur track researcher.

Among his many achievements, Joe Tempel was a founder of Friends of Dinosaur Ridge. He was nominated by Dr. Martin Lockley, leader of the effort to preserve the landmark and educate the public about the natural history of Dinosaur Ridge, a National Natural Landmark. Joe also was responsible for constructing the Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center, the Discovery Center, and Triceratops Trail at the Fossil Trace Golf Course in Golden, along with interpretive signs. The improvements and professional guides at Dinosaur Ridge help educate 160,000 visitors annually.

For many years, Joe also served on the Board or as executive director of the Lariat Loop Heritage Alliance, where he was instrumental in the route’s designation as a National Scenic Byway in 2010. His fundraising efforts there supported the development of seven interpretive sites around the 40-mile historic route. The most recent, at the CDOT Woolly Mammoth parking lot, was dedicated in June 2016.


Norman and Ethel Meyer Historic Preservation Award

Donald Tallman, director of the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, accepted the Meyer Award.

Donald Tallman, director of the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, accepted the Meyer Award.

The Colorado Railroad Museum was the recipient of this award, which honors efforts to preservation buildings and structures—and in this case, railroad cars— that reflect our heritage. The Railroad Museum opened in 1959 and currently displays more than 100 narrow and standard gauge steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, and cabooses on its 15-acre site. Several of the locomotives are individually listed on the National Register, and the museum itself was designated a Jeffco historic landmark in 2011.


Jefferson County’s Historic Landmark Program

Alderfer family members with JCOS's Mary Ann Bonnell at the landmark presentation.

Alderfer family members with JCOS’s Mary Ann Bonnell at the landmark presentation.

At the event, the Alderfer Ranch House and Barn located in Evergreen, now owned by Jefferson County Open Space, became a designated county landmark. The Alderfer family accepted the Jefferson County Landmark plaque for the property, which was originally the 1873 James T. Hester Homestead. The buildings are a centerpiece of Jeffco’s Alderfer-Three Sisters Park.

Burdette Weare presented the Jefferson County Landmark plaque to Debra and Gary Wysocki, owners of the Big Red Barn in Conifer. This landmark along Highway 285 was originally part of the George Kennedy homestead, later known as Beaver Ranch, a gathering place for the area and a vacation destination in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Director Steve Sumner accepted landmark designation on behalf of the Center for the Arts, Evergreen.

Director Steve Sumner accepted landmark designation on behalf of the Center for the Arts, Evergreen.

The 1901 Arvada Jaycee Hall, earliest non-residential building in Arvada, and the early 1880s Soda Creek Schoolhouse (now the Center for the Arts, Evergreen) were also designated as landmarks in 2016. Read more on the Evergreen-area landmarks at JustAroundHere.com.

Learn more about the Jefferson County Historic Landmark Program on this website.

All photos courtesy Leda Thaler.

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