A former correctional facility in southeastern Colorado is among five historic sites chosen as the state’s Most Endangered Places this year. KRCC’s Eliza Densmore reports.

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Fort Lyon in Las Animas has served as a military fort and a tuberculosis treatment facility. Most recently, it was a prison closed to help cut state budget costs. Colorado Preservation, Inc. has now designated the fort as an Endangered Place. The non-profit works to educate residents and promote historic preservation. State and local officials, including Governor John Hickenlooper, have pushed for the site to become a voluntary treatment center for the chronically homeless. Other sites with this year’s designation include Hotchkiss Barn and Homesteading Sites in Escalante Canyon.

 

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