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The City of Pueblo in partnership with the Goodnight Barn Preservation Committee, Inc. has been working on raising the funds to rehab the Goodnight Barn for the past six years. Funds have been awarded through grants and donations to acquire the Barn and provide emergency stabilization in 2015. The goal of the project has been to stabilize the barn to prevent further collapse of the structure and to rehabilitate the building to its period of significance, 1870. The procurement for bidding has been let twice in 2018 with no success. The first bid was for the whole scope bid in March 2018 and a reduced scope in May 2018. Both bids were over the project budget amount. The City committed to an additional $65,000 to help support a total budget of $530,000.
It was at this time the State Historical Fund staff recommended the City apply for additional funds from the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), Energy Mineral Impact Assistance Fund program (EIAF). Tim Stroh, the new Director of the State Historical Fund once worked for the Department of Local Affairs and he strongly recommended that the City apply to DOLA for the Barn project. The City originally applied for a Tier I grant for $200,000. The application was accepted with high merit by the DOLA staff and it was recommended that the City submit a Tier II grant application which would be a fifty percent grant match of existing funds in the amount of $530,000. The application presentation to the DOLA Advisory Committee was held on November 7, 2108. The City received a letter from the Department of Local Affairs on December 6, 2018 announcing the award for full funding in the amount of $530,000. The new total project budget is in the amount of $1,060,000. The additional funds will assure that the restoration project not only to be completed per the original scope, but additional items will be completed such as a new concrete floor, lighting, security fencing and a parking lot with ADA access.
The purpose of the EIAF Program is to assist political subdivisions that are socially and/or economically impacted by the development, processing, or energy conversion of minerals and mineral fuels. Funds come from the state severance tax on energy and mineral production and from a portion of the state's share of royalties paid to the federal government for mining and drilling of minerals and mineral fuels on federally-owned land.
The historic 1871 Charles Goodnight Barn has given way to age, the elements, and neglect. Located just west of Pueblo on Colorado State Highway 96, Goodnight’s Rock Canyon Ranch was the northern headquarters of the Goodnight-Loving cattle trail that extended from Texas to Colorado. The partnership of Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving served as inspiration for the novel and movie “Lonesome Dove” by famed author, Larry McMurtry. The Barn is the sole surviving structure from the ranch and is Colorado’s most significant architectural structure related to ranching. The 146-year-old Goodnight Barn is listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places (1974).