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Posted on: October 28, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Historic Arnold Barn

Arnold Barn NewsFlash

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-October 28, 2019-Organizations involved in restoration efforts for the historic Arnold Barn will come together to celebrate the structure’s preservation on Friday, November 1, starting at noon, weather permitting.

The ribbon cutting event will take place at the new location and is expected to include comments from several entities including the Steamboat Springs Redevelopment Authority (SSRA), Save Arnold Barn/Historic Routt County, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation (Ski Corp), the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Condominium Association, Inc (Grand), project contractors, and hopefully members of the Arnold family.

Long before Steamboat Springs was known as Ski Town, USA®, the valley was a humble, off the beaten path agricultural community. The Arnold Barn, built by Walter Arnold in 1928, sat on a 160-acres at the base of Mt. Werner (then called Storm Mountain).

The former location is adjacent to what is now the intersection of Mt. Werner and Steamboat Blvd. Over the next several decades, the barn built a strong history before falling into disrepair around the turn of the century.

In 2016, the Save Arnold Barn group formed to advocate for the stabilization and rehabilitation of the barn and to galvanize community support for the structure. Once Ski Corp regained ownership of the barn, emergency repairs were completed in the fall of 2017. 

A public/private partnership formed between SSRA, Ski Corp, Grand, and Save Arnold Barn/Historic Routt County to relocate the barn to a more accessible location at the base of the ski area and fortify the barn on the new site.

After 90 years in its location next to the Meadows parking lot, the barn made a significant quarter-mile trip up the street to a new location allowing easier access by the public and firmly establishing the structure as an iconic landmark for the area. The move and subsequent work were completed under the watchful eye the SSRA along with two local contractors - Fox Construction and Duckels Construction.

This Arnold Barn Iconic Entry Project was made possible by strong community partnerships and grassroots efforts and was funded by the SSRA and generous contributions from community members. The public is invited to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony, 12 noon, November 1, at the barn.


Danny Paul, Public Works Engineer, 970.871.8210 or email
Ralph Walton, III, SSRA Project Manager, 970.846.3297 or email

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