Delta County Historic Landmark Register
The Delta County Historical Landmarks Registry was established by the Delta County Commissioners in 2013 to recognize important historical sites in our County and to encourage appreciation of our local historical places and their stories. The Register is administered by a volunteer county Board made up of people who care about local history and who represent our local communities and historical societies: Crawford-Hotchkiss, Paonia, Delta, and Surface Creek. The Board proposes each candidate historical listing to the County commissioners, who list it by resolution at a regular meeting.
Each designated site has a file containing photographs, its known history, location, owners, and its significance, which are on file at the Delta County Historical Society in Delta. Although Cedaredge and Delta have historical registers of their own, the County Register will accept sites from throughout the county and can list sites in towns that have no register process.
A building or is eligible to be placed on the register, if it retains its original design and features, for one or more of the following reasons:
- Significance to local history
- Associated with people who were important figures in local history
- Possesses characteristics of a distinctive architectural style, period, artist, or method of construction
- Contribution of important archaeological or scientific discoveries
- Geographic or historical significance within the landscape, which provides sense of community or place
This designation is only descriptive. Once designated, in Delta County there are no restrictions or zoning regulations that limit what an owner can do with the property, including modifying or removing it. However, it is the hope of the designation program that owners will be encouraged to protect and preserve their structures by recognizing the historical value and the contributions of our beautiful old places to our unique ranching community. Listing will also facilitate obtaining Colorado Historical Fund restoration grants.
Sites may be houses, stores, churches and schools, or features such as bridges, water wheel, archaeological sites, or certain natural features of historical import. Applications for listing may be submitted by owners or by others but must have the owner’s permission for listing and for basic information to appear on the internet. The application form and package containing photographs, historical information and maps and a small fee, should be submitted to any Board member (by email is helpful) to begin review. See the Application Process document (PDF) for more information.
Information and applications can be obtained at the Delta County Historical Museum, 251 Meeker Street, Delta, CO 81416, 970-874-8721 or email the Museum.
2022 Board Chairman: Leigh Ann Hunt (Leigh Ann's email).