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We like history. We like talking about Salida history and learning how the whole central Colorado region boomed with mining and railroad activity in the late 19th Century.

We love the charm of Salida’s downtown national
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historic district and its old neighborhoods with so many architectural styles worth preserving. Salida, Buena Vista and Poncha Springs remain the last three incorporated towns in Chaffee County out of dozens that became ghost towns.

We want to capture the economic benefits of historic preservation and heritage tourism so that Chaffee County prospers today as much as it did years ago before the mines closed and railroad traffic dwindled.

We are all volunteers, members of Historic Salida, Inc., a nonprofit (501c3), which organized in 2002 and meets monthly in Salida.

We sponsor restoration projects, hold workshops for property owners, conduct oral histories, publish brochures and work with the Colorado Historical Society and others to raise money to save history.

We hope to continue working to identify and protect the historic resources in Chaffee County—the surviving office buildings, one-room school houses, pioneer ranches and homesteads, archaeological sites, railroad buildings and rights-of-way, ghost towns, cemeteries and mining sites.

Please join the discussion, become a member and take part in the action!

Donna Francis, President
Katy Grether, Vice President
Jackie Powell, Secretary
Judith Kinzie, Treasurer
Meriel Gooding, Bonnie Lathrop, and Beth Smith, Directors
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Historic Salida, Inc., P.O. Box 70, Salida, Colorado, U.S.A. 81201