Presents and celebrates the unique heritage of the Fraser Valley.
HFI began the preservation of the historic 4 Bar 4 Ranch buildings in 2016 with a goal of preserving these historic treasures using original materials, such as hand hewn lodge pole pines and burlap caulking.
In doing so, we hope to share the story of the life of one of Colorado’s original pioneer families.
Homesteaded in 1895 by Dick and Jessie McQueary, the 320-acre 4 Bar 4 Ranch served as a stagecoach stop on the Georgetown Stage Line, and as a roadhouse for travelers making their way over Berthoud Pass. Here Dick and Jessie also raised cattle, raced horses and raised a family.
In 1905, the railroad came to Middle Park, which virtually put an end to the stagecoach line. The 4 Bar 4 continued to host travelers until 1912-1913 when the ranch was purchased by Fred Feltch. With the passion of Colorado entrepreneurs, Feltch converted the horse barn to the first Ford dealership in Grand County. Feltch assembled Model Ts in the upper level of the Ford Barn and drove them down a ramp to be sold for $525. The 4 Bar 4 Road (now CR 5) became an integral section of The Midland Trail, America's first Trans-Continental highway.
One of Colorado's Most Endangered Places, Colorado Preservation, Inc. 2014
Colorado State Register of Historic Properties, History Colorado 2016
Save the 4 Bar 4 is sponsored by Historic Fraser, Inc. a 501(c)(3)
Your donation is tax deductible.
Checks are gratefully accepted at:
Historic Fraser, Inc.
P.O. Box 205
Fraser, CO 80442