Project Partner: Park County, the Town of Alma, and the Alma Foundation
History: The first individuals that came to Alma in the 1870s were tenacious people with dreams of making a better life for themselves and their families. Built in 1871, the Clesson Cabin was one of the first permanent residences in Alma, reflecting the spirit of the town's first settlers. The Clesson Cabin reflects this time and is significant as a surviving example of the type of buildings found in Alma during its early mining area. Most of its contemporaries did not survive the ravages of weather and fire. From the early 1900s, the building was home to the Clesson family, although the Clessons never owned the property. It was designated as a Park County Historic Landmark in 2005.
Scope of Work: Volunteers traveled from all over the country to preserve the exterior of the cabin, bringing it one step closer to becoming a visitors center for the Town of Alma. Volunteers learned to:
• Chink, daub, and side the log and frame portions of the cabin
• Restore windows, doors, and frames
- June 1, 2013 - June 30, 2013